• White House claims there is "broad support" to suspend immigration
  • Results of WaPo-UofMaryland poll tweeted by WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
  • Some states want the current immigration policy to be suspended

Not everyone is happy about President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration into America. While some have raised concern about the ban, the White House has claimed that there is “broad support” for the measure that cuts across party lines.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently shared on Twitter details to back up that claim. About 7 in 10 independents and 59% of Democrats support the measures, shows the results of a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll that she shared. The measure also has majority support among all demographies including those in the age group of 18-29.

The suspension is expected to be lifted once the spread of the pandemic is controlled. The order also exempts people like those who are on temporary work visas, students, emergency personnel, and business travelers, Fox News reported. Some, however, say President Trump is just blaming immigrants for his own failures.

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., pointed out that immigration had “nearly stopped” when the President gave the order and he also pointed out that America has the most cases of the coronavirus in the world. He called the suspension of immigration “xenophobic scapegoating.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., echoed Beyer’s sentiments said the President’s “abandonment of his role” was the problem. She called the suspension of immigration was the President “politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda.”

The issue landed up in the Supreme Court when New York, Vermont and Connecticut sought judicial intervention to stop the administration’s immigration policy during the pandemic. The states argued that the current regulations stop immigrants from getting public benefits like healthcare, which is detrimental in the fight against the coronavirus. The Supreme Court rejected the states’ request.

According to Reuters, President Trump’s policy is being criticized by immigrant rights advocates because they suspect that it will “ disproportionately keep out non-white immigrants.” The rights advocates are calling the policy a “wealth test” that is a part of the administration’s “hardline” approach on immigration.

US President Donald Trump addresses reporters at the White House
US President Donald Trump addresses reporters at the White House AFP / MANDEL NGAN