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Virus Council to Address Minority Communities, Testing

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 April 2020 06:47 PM

President Donald Trump has announced the creation of a coronavirus council to address minority and vulnerable communities to get adequate testing as the Opening Up America Again plan gets activated in some states.

"I'm directing the White House opportunity and revitalization council led by Secretary Ben Carson to focus its effort supporting the underserved communities impacted by the  coronavirus," Trump told reporters during the coronavirus task force daily briefing, adding Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., will be asked to assist and additional funding from Congress will be weighed for the initiative.

"The council will seek input from the private sector and community leaders on how we can best support minority and distressed communities," he added. "As president, I am absolutely determined to deliver a great future for Americans of every race, religion, color, and creed. Before our nation was attacked by this horrible enemy, our African-American and Hispanic-American citizens were prospering like never before, best employment numbers ever."

Meanwhile, to help an America First policy on getting the 22 million unemployed back to work, Trump announced the official signing of the executive order to ban immigration for those seeking permanent residence for at least 60 days, pending a review for a longer ban.

The plan was undergoing legal review, White House aides said Wednesday, but Trump announced the order was officially signed before the briefing.

Trump says the order, which could affect thousands of people hoping to settle in the United States, will protect American workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, a Republican, won the White House in 2016 in part on a promise to crack down on immigration and has made the issue central to his presidency. But many of his major moves trying to curb immigration have been challenged in court and legal experts said this executive order could also face lawsuits.

Critics saw his announcement as a move to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis to implement a long-sought policy goal of barring more immigrants ahead of this year's presidential election.

A person familiar with the internal debate at the White House said Trump and his advisers had discussed the executive order over the weekend and the move was directed at his electoral base.

"He's wanted this all along," the person said. "But now under this pandemic he can absolutely do it."

Some immigration hawks criticized the order, as described by Trump on Tuesday, for not going far enough.

"It doesn’t apply to guestworkers, which are perhaps the most immediately threat to U.S. workers," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which backs lower levels of legal immigration.

While Trump has cast the measure as a response to the outbreak, it also might accomplish a long-sought goal of limiting legal immigration, particularly immigration based on family ties. More than half of the roughly 1 million green cards granted each year go to family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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