Democrats have united to condemn the President’s ban on immigration. Donald Trump announced an apparent halt to all immigration into the U.S. on Twitter.
“This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump’s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda.”
“We must come together to reject his division,” Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro said.
This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump’s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda. We must come together to reject his division. https://t.co/wYEai4rYVY
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 21, 2020
His colleagues echoed the same sentiment, accusing the President of trying to refocus the narrative onto immigrants.
“Pathetic attempt to shift blame from his Visible Incompetence to an Invisible Enemy,” said Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York simply said “Xenophobe in chief“.
The charge of xenophobia was widespread following Trump’s announcement.
Washington’s Rep. Pramila Jayapal called the move “beyond belief“.
“Immigrants have always made America great,” Jayapal said.
“Suspending immigration & giving into racism & xenophobia won’t solve our problems. Instead it will have a catastrophic impact on our health care, food supply & the systems we are relying upon during this crisis.”
It’s not clear what form any executive order will take or if the President discussed the idea with his team before sending his tweet. Democrats will oppose any move to restrict immigration.
Darragh Roche is a journalist covering U.S. politics and media