Report: Draft Of Trump's 'Temporary Immigration Ban' Exempts 'Refugees,' Farm Workers & More

Chris Menahan
Apr. 21, 2020

A draft of President Trump's executive order temporarily banning immigration reportedly contains carve-outs a mile long.

"In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" Trump tweeted Monday night.

Bloomberg News' Nicholas Wadhams reported Tuesday afternoon a draft of the executive order "includes broad exceptions: for refugees, people considered essential workers, health workers, spouses, children, potential adoptees, and 'any alien whose entry would be in the national interest.'"

The draft order "doesn't set a start date but would expire in 90 days," Wadhams said.

The order is still subject to change but the question at this point is more who it would possibly even apply to.

From Bloomberg News, "Trump May Exempt Health, Food Workers From Immigration Ban":
President Donald Trump plans to temporarily halt legal immigration into the U.S., and a draft version of an executive order would bar people from seeking a range of work visas in his latest effort to contain the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The new policy would deny entry for people seeking most types of work visas for at least 90 days, according to a draft order obtained by Bloomberg News.

But it includes exceptions for people seeking jobs in "food production and directly helping to protect the supply chain," which could apply to farm workers. The ban would also not apply to health care or medical research professionals, according to the draft.

Technology industry workers living in the U.S. on H-1B visas, however, would need to provide updated certifications to the government that they are not displacing American workers. Refugees and asylum seekers would not be affected by the order, nor would spouses and children of U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Immigration is already way down due to the pandemic.

With over 22 million Americans out of work and polls shifting dramatically in support for strict travel bans, restricting immigration has never been an easier sell.

While Trump's rhetoric was nice, if these massive carve-outs remain then rhetoric is all we're going to get.

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