Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Tuesday denounced Trump’s increased immigration restrictions as “yet another attempt to distract” from his administration’s “failure to lead an effective response to COVID-19.”
President Donald Trump on Monday issued a presidential proclamation temporarily blocking highly skilled foreign workers and seasonal laborers from entering the country, citing the need to protect American jobs during a period of high employment caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. unemployment rate in May surpassed 13%, and more than 40 million Americans applied for unemployment, due in large part to widespread business closures to prevent the spread of the virus.
“The economic contraction resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak,” Trump’s proclamation said, poses “an unusual threat to the employment of American workers.”
The new order, expanding earlier immigration restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, is expected to affect over half a million jobs in technology, landscaping and service industries. However, it does not block workers in the agricultural sector, and it also exempts food processing workers and people whose entry is deemed in the national interest.
Source : VOA NEWS