“In light of the attack from the invisible enemy, 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 to the United States!” Asset tweeted.
He did not provide details of the action, and the White House did not immediately release further information.
Photos: Protests against the coronavirus lockdown
It was unclear which programs might be affected by such a decision or what it would mean for border-crossing operations.
It was also unclear how effective the order would be, given that immigration to the United States has already been largely halted amid the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian and Mexican borders are closed to non-essential travel, refugee resettlement is suspended and many visa offices are closed.
Immigration advocates pushed back on the proposal.
“This is not about politics. This is about the message the president wants to send. He wants people to turn against ‘the other.’ response and recovery, he sees immigrants as the easiest to blame,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, tweeted.
As Trump moves to isolate America from the rest of the world, coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States continue to rise.
Reports indicate that the United States is by far the hardest hit country, with nearly 788,000 cases and more than 42,000 deaths. New York state is reporting more cases than any country outside the United States with more than 250,000. Spain, which reports the second highest number of infections in the United States, has a little more than 204,000 cases.
Still, Trump and other officials have suggested the peak of the virus has passed, and the president has pushed for states to reopen their economies, announcing tips last week for “Opening Up America Again”.