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Statement on Announcement of Suspension of Immigration into the U.S.

(Arlington – VA) According to President Trump, he will be “signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.” The president said this executive order comes “in light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens.”

Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, and Jorge Lima, SVP of Policy for Americans For Prosperity,  release the following joint statement:”

“This is the wrong approach. Ideas that further isolate America are not only contrary to who we are as a country but are misguided plays on our current anxieties. 

Actions to limit travel were reasonable to combat a virus that pays no regard to borders.  But now, as the country begins to consider how and when to safely reopen, suspending all immigration will only serve to exacerbate the consequences Americans are dealing with and delay any economic recovery. History has shown us that proposals like this potential executive order could drastically limit the long term contributions, innovations, ideas and sheer grit that will be needed for our nation and economy to get back on track. We don’t need to suspend our immigration system, we need to build a better one. 

We encourage the administration, lawmakers, and public health experts to find solutions that will put all willing and able hands back to work, so that people all across America can rebuild our economy and our country the way we always have – together.”