Foreign workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 fight will be affected
CHICAGO, June 23, 2020 – Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation suspending the issuance of work visas through the end of 2020. This measure was announced just days after the Trump administration announced new rules seeking to further restrict asylum.
In response to these actions, Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of Alianza Americas, made the following statement:
“Trump’s announcement is the latest move in the administration’s relentless and counterproductive efforts to reduce foreign nationals’ entry to the United States. During this pandemic, foreign workers play critical roles – from saving lives in emergency rooms to ensuring food production and supply in the nation’s farms and supermarkets – that are vital to the nation’s well being. It’s the height of irresponsibility for this administration to cut immigration at a time when foreign workers are battling alongside U.S. workers in the fight against the Covid-19 virus. This move reflects an increasingly desperate attempt to scapegoat immigrants as the Trump campaign faces diminishing prospects for reelection this November. The Alianza Americas network rejects this and other racist and xenophobic actions by the Trump Administration.”
Alianza Americas is the only transnational organization rooted in Latino immigrant communities in the United States focused on improving the quality of life of all people in the US-Mexico-Central America migration corridor. As a network of Latino and Caribbean immigrants, Alianza Americas is working for change in the U.S. while also promoting a more stable, healthy, democratic and safer conditions in the countries of origin of their members.