Politics: 'Xenophobe in chief': Democrats blast Trump's plan to suspend immigration to the U.S.

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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats slammed President Donald Trump after he announced that he plans to suspend immigration to the United States, arguing that such a move would do nothing to protect Americans from the coronavirus and deflect attention from his handling of the In . Chief ." Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, tweeted: "This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump ' s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance

US President Donald Trump ’ s suspension of immigration to the country has drawn backlash, including from House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, who called him “ xenophobe in chief .” Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine also took to Twitter on Tuesday to call Trump ’ s move a "pathetic attempt to shift blame from his Visible Incompetence to an Invisible Enemy.” The president is expected to sign an executive order closing off the country as early as this week allegedly to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus. Trump will ban immigration but allow some Southern states to

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats slammed President Donald Trump after he announced that he plans to suspend immigration to the United States, arguing that such a move does nothing to protect Americans from the coronavirus and deflects attention away from his handling of the outbreak.

Hakeem Jeffries wearing a suit and tie: In a tweet, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., called President Trump the © J. Scott Applewhite In a tweet, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., called President Trump the "xenophobe. In. chief."

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., tweeted that Trump is the "xenophobe. In. chief."

"This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump's failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda. We must come together to reject his division," tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats slammed President Donald Trump after he announced that he plans to suspend immigration to the United States, arguing that such a move does nothing to protect Americans from the coronavirus and deflects attention away from his handling of the outbreak. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., tweeted that Trump is the " xenophobe . In . chief ." "This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump ' s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage

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Shortly after 10 p.m. ET on Monday, Trump announced in a tweet, "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 into the United States!"

There were no additional details. A senior administration official said Trump could sign the executive order as early as this week.

The tweet came as the death toll in the U.S. from COVID-19 topped 42,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins' Coronavirus Resource Center.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Democrats' 2016 vice presidential nominee, called it a "pathetic attempt to shift blame from his Visible Incompetence to an Invisible Enemy."

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a possible vice presidential pick for Joe Biden in his 2020 White House race, said Trump has "failed to take this crisis seriously from day 1. His abandonment of his role as president has cost lives."

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Democrats are slamming President Trump ’ s plan to temporarily stop legal immigration to the U . S . during the coronavirus outbreak. 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 into the United States! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020.

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday evening that he intended to close the United States to people trying to immigrate into the country to live and work, a drastic move that he said would protect American workers from foreign competition once the nation’ s economy began to recover from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. “When you’re a xenophobe , bans on migration are the only tired, failed, hateful solution you can think of,” Ms. Krishnaswami wrote. “ Suspending immigration won’t make the US — which currently leads among COVID cases worldwide — safe.

"Tonight we have crossed 790,000 infections and 42,000 dead. This corrupt buffoon will will try any poisonous distraction and blame anyone to deflect from his failures that are killing our fellow Americans," tweeted Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.

A co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., tweeted that the president was "giving into racism & xenophobia."

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The administration official said the ban "had been under consideration for a while."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who played a key role in Trump's impeachment, said in a pair of tweets that Trump is seeking to distract people from his "fumbled" response to the coronavirus and is showing himself as "small and ineffective."

Few Republican members of Congress have reacted to the immigration announcement, though two conservatives praised him Monday night on Twitter.

"Wow! One thing about @realDonaldTrump, he knows how to put American citizens first!" said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

And Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., wrote, "Thank you, @realDonaldTrump! All immigration to the United States should halt until every American who wants a job has one!"

Trump's announcement comes after he decided in January to restrict travel by foreigners from China and similarly decided in March to restrict all travel by foreigners from Europe.

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