Twitter Reminds Trump That Many Healthcare Workers Fighting Covid-19 in US are Immigrants

File photo of US President Donald Trump (Image: AP)

At least 15 percent of the US population is made up of immigrants, and some of them are also employed in the healthcare sector.
Last Updated: April 21, 2020, 5:09 PM IST

On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he will soon be signing an executive order suspending immigration to the United States temporarily.

“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States”, Trump said in the tweet.

Trump said the move would also protect Americans’ jobs, though the pandemic crisis has already left 22 million people in the US out of work.The President offered no details as to what immigration programs might be affected by the order.

However, as expected, not everyone is quite pleased with the idea. Data from the last couple of years shows that there are approximately 44.7 million immigrants residing in the Unites States.

At least 15 percent of the US population is made up of immigrants, and many of them are also employed in the healthcare sector as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. And that is what Twitter wants Trump to remember.

Some pointed out that a large number of healthcare workers in the US are immigrants. Many are fighting on the frontlines and risking their own lives to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the US.

So, pretty much, what @donlemon said.

Army of immigrants and low-income workers stepping up to frontlines to do risky work: 👍

Whiners and complainers who need golf and massages: 👎

— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) April 21, 2020

Immigrants account for 18.2% of healthcare workers and 23.5% of formal and nonformal long-term care sector workers.
27.5% of direct care workers and 30.3% of nursing home housekeeping and maintenance workers are immigrants

— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) April 21, 2020

US: we need tests

Trump: how about some dangerous, unproven drugs

US: no, tests

Trump: we could pack the churches

US: what no we need tests

Trump: nail salons


Trump: ok fine immigrant ban it is

— feminist next door (@emrazz) April 21, 2020

Riddle me this, if you tell me the virus isn’t real and/or it’s getting better and we need to reopen the country, why did you just close our country to immigrants?

— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) April 21, 2020

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