-Buzzfeed News; 6/25/2020
Critics of the moves say the president is using the public health crisis to carry out the kind of border closures and immigration overhaul he has long extolled, giving him the opportunity to campaign on the measures in his bid for reelection.
-Washington Post; 6/22/2020
On Thursday, the Department of Education issued an emergency rule barring undocumented students, including DACA students, as well as foreign students, from receiving CARES funds, even if that decision literally takes the food off of their table.
The emergency rule is a case study in mendacity. The CARES Act passed by Congress has no such restrictions.
Under U.S. law they would normally be allowed to live with relatives while their cases wind through immigration courts. Instead the Trump administration is quickly expelling them under an emergency declaration citing the coronavirus pandemic, with 600 minors expelled in April alone.
Article ties “great replacement” conspiracy theory to COVID-19 outbreaks at meatpacking plants
-Media Matters; 5/1/2020
Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller told White House supporters in a private call this week that the president’s new executive order curbing immigration will usher in the kind of broader long-term changes to American society he has advocated for years, even though the 60-day measures were publicly characterized as a “pause” during the coronavirus pandemic.
-Washington Post; 4/24/2020
Anti-immigration writer Peter Brimelow and his white nationalist organization VDARE have declared “victory” in the wake of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to temporarily cease immigration into the United States.
Trump tweeted Monday night that because of “the attack from the Invisible Enemy”—a term he uses to refer to the COVID-19 coronavirus—”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!”
-Right Wing Watch; 4/21/2020
It’s unclear what mechanism he will use to suspend immigration, how long such a suspension could last or what effect this will have on the operation of US border crossings and on those who already hold green cards.