On April 22, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation temporarily suspending certain categories of legal immigration into the United States, targeting families and the relatively small number of workers who enter the U.S. each year on permanent, rather than temporary, visas.
The President incorrectly claims that yet another reduction in immigration is a critical step in protecting American workers and rebuilding the economy in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, the proclamation will do nothing to help the economy and may actually hurt it. It will harm American citizens and permanent residents who have waited years to reunite with family members. It will punish employers who depend on permanent rather than temporary workers.
Most egregiously, it further…