Truman’s Statement on President Trump’s COVID-19 Immigration Proclamation

Truman National Security Project Condemns President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Immigrant Entry into the United States 

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, President Trump released a proclamation suspending the entry and processing of some immigrant categories into the United States. The Truman National Security Project denounces this act for what it is: an attempt to use the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic to continue to deliver on a xenophobic and nationalist agenda that does nothing to help fight the coronavirus outbreak or improve economic conditions and actively damages national security.

"The President’s proclamation is a thinly-veiled attempt by this administration to drive an anti-immigrant agenda to distract from his staggering failure to respond adequately to our public health emergency and its resulting devastation to our economy,” said Jenna Ben-Yehuda, President and CEO of the Truman National Security Project. “We need our president to lead this nation to safety, not divide it. Americans don’t need hateful policies, they need widespread access to testing, PPE, an economic safety net, and leadership that can coordinate a competent response that implements critical tools, like the Defense Production Act.”

Immigrants are the frontline workers managing this crisis- health workers, grocery clerks, deliverymen, and letter carriers. The US economy was built by immigrants and they will be central to its recovery.