American Economy,Executive Order,Immigration / April 2020

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Statement on the Proposed Executive Order Closing the Door to Legal Immigration

For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2020

Annette Sheckler

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) strongly opposes the Administration’s pending announcement that it plans to suspend all immigration into the United States until further notice. The reason, according to the President, is to protect American jobs once the economy is re-opened. This is the most wide-ranging attempt so far to shut down legal immigration to the United States.

The U.S. has been since its founding, and continues to be, a nation of immigrants. Immigrants from all over the world have been coming for centuries to the U.S., and their contributions continue to strengthen and enrich the country. USCRI urges the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration legislation that is fair and humane and not abandon this issue to the narrow and exclusionary goals of the executive branch.

The Administration’s arguments for closing the door to legal immigration are specious and misleading. Immigrants do not take jobs away from native-born Americans; rather, they create jobs in every sector of our economy.

Entrepreneurship, the engine of our economy, has long been the lifeblood of the American immigrant experience. Today, while immigrants represent about 15% of the overall U.S. workforce, a quarter of all new investors are immigrants and 75% of all new tech companies are created immigrants,

The U.S., along with its global neighbors, are experiencing an unprecedented pandemic. Over 2.8 million healthcare professionals in the U.S. today are foreign-born—16.4 percent of all healthcare workers in the U.S. They are on the frontlines of caring for those fighting against the coronavirus and risking their own lives on a daily basis.

“It is in the best interests of our country to restore historic levels of immigration to fuel our economy, enrich our way of life and adhere to the values and principles that have made America a global leader,” said Eskinder Negash,

President and CEO of USCRI. “The U.S., a nation build by immigrants, owes much to our immigrant past and present. We should not be shutting the door to our future.”

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