Late Monday night President Donald Trump tweeted that he would be halting immigration to the United States during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. He expanded on that decision during Tuesday's White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, saying immigration will be suspended for the next 60 days.
Failed presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D) took to Twitter to criticize the president's decision. Beto made the claim that Trump is "attempt[ing] to distract us from his total mismanagement" of the Wuhan coronavirus.
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An attempt to distract us from his total mismanagement (43,000 of our fellow Americans have died so far - 20,000 more than next closest country AND we’ve tested little more than 1% of U.S.). But will still have terrible consequences for America. We should take it seriously. https://t.co/aFLKQrXfDO— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 21, 2020
So many of the doctors, nurses and cleaning staff in the hospitals that are literally saving this country — despite how badly bungled the President’s leadership has been — are immigrants. They came to this country for a better life and to make us a better America. And they have.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 21, 2020
Who the fuck do you think is working on the farms and feed lots, in the packing houses and processing plants at a time where we are struggling to feed ourselves? Who is in the kitchen? Who is picking, preparing, serving the food we eat and cleaning up afterwards?— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 21, 2020
Beto, you should come to the rest of flyover country. There are plenty of American-born citizens who work on farms. It's not an abnormal thing. Stop running with the idea that white people are against doing hard labor. It's not the case.
And what about the scientists and doctors who will come up with the cures and vaccines? You better believe many of them will be immigrants.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 21, 2020
A stain on our country’s conscience if we let it happen. It will break up families, leave asylum seekers to suffer in what will become covid death camps on our southern border, and lead to more hate crimes against immigrants. This is illegal and immoral. Don’t let it happen.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 21, 2020
The focus right now needs to be on keeping the American people safe and prosperous first. This isn't about keeping others from becoming American citizens. Right now this is about stopping the spread of a deadly virus. We've shut down flights from China, the UK and the EU. This is a rather natural progression and, quite frankly, one that probably should have been done earlier in the pandemic.
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