Former Clinton Official Blasts Trump for Shutting Down US to New Immigrants
Madeleine Albright says President Trump's move is 'un-American'
Former Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton’s second term in office, Madeleine Albright, slammed President Donald Trump's executive order banning all immigration into the United States.
Albright appeared on MSNBC with host Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday, talking on the subject of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mitchell asked Albright to give her perspective “as an immigrant to this country.”
“I am a grateful American, and I do think that immigrants want to help participate and make a difference,” said Albright.
“I think he did it for political reasons; I think he wants to kind of shut down America, which, as far as I’m concerned, is un-American.”
But Tucker Carlson slammed Albright during his Fox News opening segment on Tuesday, saying she is making a livelihood from “selling out the country.”
Carlson then played a segment of Albright's MSNBC appearance.
“She’s now appalled by the notion of cutting immigration during the worst unemployment crisis of our lifetimes,” said Carlson.
“Got that? It’s un-American to act in the economic interest of American," he added.
"That’s Madeline Albright’s position,” said Carlson.
Must Watch @TuckerCarlson Monologue: Trump's EO Fails To Protect American Jobs— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) April 22, 2020
"There is only one point in handing out hundreds of thousands of these visas to foreign nationals & it is to placate big business."
"If the point of this EO was to protect American jobs it failed." pic.twitter.com/XzFsoxpXbT
As Neon Nettle reported, Trump announced he was signing an executive order to ban all immigration into the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"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!" the president revealed on Twitter.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
Trump added that the ban would apply to new green card applicants, but not for people looking to enter the country on a temporary basis.
Trump's executive order will last for two months but could be extended based on economic factors.
Carlson suggested that democrats were panicking over the order, such as Beto O’Rourke, “needn’t have worried.”
“But the ban will not apply to those entering the United States on a temporary basis, and that means this will not affect guest workers," Carlson said.
"That’s an awful lot of exception,” he added.
“Every year, our government hands out 80,000 non-agricultural guest worker visas, as well as 85,000 H1B visas, and hundreds of thousands of Ag-worker visas.”
“The purpose of this title-wave of immigration has nothing to do with what advocates of immigration claim immigration is for,” said Carlson.
“There’s only one point in handing out hundreds of thousands of these visas to foreign nationals, and it’s to placate big business.”
President of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani, blasted Trump's order saying thousands of foreign-born health care workers are working in critical sectors of the economy, according to CNBC.
Andrea Flores of the American Civil Liberties Union said Trump seemed “more interested in fanning anti-immigrant flames than in saving lives.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the order was to help “health and economic well-being of American citizens as we face unprecedented times."