April 28, 2020

United States President Donald Trump announced that he would be using an executive order to suspend legal immigration into the U.S. for 60 days. The time limit could be extended depending on conditions on the ground.

Reason behind it:

  • The immediate context of his proposal is the teetering U.S. economy, which has ground to a virtual halt in the face of the pandemic.

  • The deeper context to the announcement is the fact that Mr. Trump is seeking re-election in the November 2020 election. Proposals to restrict immigration served Mr. Trump’s campaign well during the 2016 presidential election. 

Source : The Hindu