A new report claims that President Donald Trump’s executive order implementing a temporary immigration moratorium due to the coronavirus outbreak will only affect about 10 percent of all immigration into the country, according to Breitbart.
The claim comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), with spokesman Matt O’Brien claiming that the order will only block anywhere from 5,000 to 80,000 green card applications out of 1.2 million overall.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson further claimed that the original draft of the order would have been much more sweeping, but was watered down to the current form. Carlson took aim at the H-1B visa program, which he said has “470,000 active beneficiaries” who are mostly “making good wages in white-collar jobs,” and that suspending this program would “open up a massive number of jobs at a time when we desperately need them.”
However, O’Brien noted that most green cards and visas have already been temporarily suspended anyway due to the virus outbreak. And President Trump had already been consistently keeping his signature campaign promise to curb both legal and illegal immigration into the United States in the months prior to the coronavirus outbreak; among these is the construction of the southern border wall, which is still ongoing even in the midst of the pandemic.