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Washington, DC, April 21, 2020 – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been closely following the latest tweet from President Trump announcing his plan to sign an order to “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.” To date, the White House has issued no further details as to the scope and breadth of the proposed Executive Order. AILA urges the White House and agencies to implement rational, policy-based measures that promote the public health and economic interests of our country during this national crisis rather than resort to distraction and political theater.

Marketa Lindt, AILA President, noted, “The latest announcement to suspend immigration is not a legitimate policy plan to respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. At this critical time, we need to focus our time and resources on policies that spur innovation and economic growth and that promote the health and safety of the American people. A rational immigration policy is a critical component of successfully addressing our nation’s public health needs and spurring an economic recovery.”

Ben Johnson, AILA Executive Director, added, “Unfortunately, the President’s tweet is not a surprise. In the face of growing questions and criticism about his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, it was only a matter of time before President Trump resorted to distraction, blame, and fearmongering. The heroes of this crisis include the agriculture workers who have kept us fed, the healthcare workers saving lives, the scientists and researchers searching for a cure, the factory workers and truck drivers providing critical supplies. Regardless of where we were born, we all have an important role to play in building a better future. Now is the time for us to stand shoulder to shoulder and work toward the day that this crisis is behind us. Measures that isolate America won’t make America stronger; fear and division can’t take the place of unity and determination.”
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. Follow AILA on Twitter @AILANational.  www.AILA.org