America’s Tradition as a Nation of Immigrants Must Not be Compromised

April 21, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump announced his intention to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A ban on all immigration would be an extraordinary move that flies in the face of our long history as a nation of immigrants.

The following statement is from Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council:

“Since the outbreak began, we have seen a renewed sense of interdependence and mutual care rise up from all corners of our nation. Despite the uncertainty of the moment, America is at its best when we band together and take care of one another.

“For the past three years, there has been a steady effort by the Trump administration to completely shut down immigration to the United States. It is no surprise they are using the coronavirus as a pretext to advance this agenda.

“Our political leaders should be focused on containing and preventing further spread of the virus, but instead are attempting to scapegoat immigrants. In our effort to recover and rebuild our economy, we must stand united. Americans and newcomers are in this fight together and the vibrancy of our future depends on it.”


For more information, contact:

Maria Frausto at the American Immigration Council, [email protected] or 202-507-7526.

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