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Mon May 4, 2020, 01:34 AM

Michigan Democrats torch Trump for scapegoating immigrants during pandemic

WASHINGTON — Last week, late on Monday night, President Donald Trump fired off a vague tweet stating that he would temporarily halt U.S. immigration.

Following widespread confusion about what exactly he planned to do, the executive order Trump signed later in the week temporarily suspended green cards, but includes broad exemptions. Notably, the program would allow for farm workers and other temporary immigrants to enter the country after the administration faced a backlash from business groups.

Trump depicted the policy as a move to protect public health and U.S. workers during the COVD-19 pandemic. But his critics say it won’t do either of those things, and they’re accusing him of sowing fear and confusion in immigrant communities.

“It really just seems more political than it seems like serious policy,” U.SS. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) told the Advance in an interview this week. “I see it as him throwing red meat to his base, scapegoating immigrants.”

Read more: https://www.michiganadvance.com/2020/05/02/michigan-dems-torch-trump-for-scapegoating-immigrants-during-pandemic/

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