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Coronavirus and Trump's Immigration Policy

Updated on April 22, 2020

President Trump originally acted responsibly with regards to the immigration into the USA. It was prudent and he should get the praise he seeks since by shutting it down in early February, it helped reduced potential infections. Granted, we now know that he hesitated all through January in doing so, allowing thousands of Chinese to enter the country, some from Wuhan. We also now know, the first deaths happened in California, not Washington, in early February.

Even the immigration from various countries was reduced or halted, those countries not impacted kept arriving and for all anyone knows, some may have had the virus also.

Now, Trump has halted all visas and green card processing for the next 60 days. What exactly is the real motive? There are thousands of those already living in the USA awaiting to get either a two or 10 year green card. They have spent their money for the filing fees, did the paperwork, and sent it in. Each day that passes, more are filed as their deadlines must be met because they also have work authorization along with the green card,so they can earn money and pay taxes. Without that, employers are forced to discharge them until received.

Since these people are already here legally, working, either on a temporary or permanent green card, halting green card processing will do nothing to combat the virus! It is no different if they were citizens. Is his thinking that some will expire during their 60-day suspension and be forced to leave the USA? Is it a thinning out process should they be positive with the virus, then, their green card will not be processed? This day will create a huge backlog of applications once the 60 days is lifted causing even more delay (right now, the wait time can be 4-8 months). There is something more sinister about trump's green card delay.

As to the visas, the same delays that occur to green cards, will acerbate the waiting period for a visa, which for many, is anywhere from 8 months to several years. These people are not already in the USA, so, this part of the delay does make sense. Also, new visa applications are not being accepted. That, really is not new, since there is a quota system based on each country. Once this number limit is reached, no further are issued until the next year.

I suppose Trump's thinking is that the USA has enough problems with the virus with those already here and that halting immigration into the USA for the next 60 days helps. But again, those with green cards are already here! Most will need to upgrade from a temp 2-year card to a 10-year card.

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    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Very true!

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      2 months ago

      I guess at this point it is moot bc if it was in a lab and got out by mistake, well, they got it first. We will never know

    • emge profile image

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      I am pretty sure Chins was researching on such a virus and once it broke they thought to down the west

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      https://youtu.be/36BRno9Y9E4?list=PLg8_Df7lKXNTqYp...

      I know it’s a you tube video, but this guy references all his material to written articles.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      2 months ago

      Hadn't heard that one!

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      There is also a theory it began in Maryland, by the Fort Deitrick lab.

      That’s the one MSM and FBI ignores.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      2 months ago

      The most common origination theories have been that it began in the Wuhan lab and was undetected when employees left the lab and into the general public, the other theory is that it began in the market where animal meat is sold. Some of these animals had consumed bats with the virus, when humans ate the animal meat, the virus was passed on.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      What does China have to do with our immigration policy?

      Are you saying China created this virus???

    • emge profile image

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Maybe after this virus goes in a couple of months' time, the craze to migrate to the USA may abate, most assuredly it will with a doldering economy. China played it's cards very well.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      *cough**cough*

      “Trump has repeatedly leaned into the issue of immigration to fire up his base. Building a wall and barring entry for Muslims were central 2016 campaign planks. It is a powerful issue for the older, white and evangelical voters at the heart of his coalition. On Tuesday, Trump's re-election campaign sent an email to supporters promoting the tweet and saying their "input is crucial to the President's next steps."

      *********

      It’s what he cares about, no? getting re-elected and staying out of prison?

      And sinister, yes. Little Stevie Miller get his kicks feeling superior.

      At least there will be plenty of unemployed Americans to take their jobs.

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