by Josh Morgan
Graphic by Yiying Zhang
The coronavirus pandemic has been uncharted territory for all. Business leaders and everyday citizens alike must adapt to the rapidly evolving situation in order to make the best of it. One group facing the most responsibility during this pandemic is the government, which, like everyone else, must improvise. The United States government, in particular, was extremely slow to respond to threats of the virus entering and spreading throughout the United States.
Ever since that initial slow response, the White House has been trying to turn things around with some policy changes and public declarations. The success of the policy and the validity of the declarations is a subject of heated debate, and one of the more controversial, and bigger, policy changes that the government recently made by recently was a decision to temporarily suspend immigration.
Initially Trump wanted a complete ban on immigration, but as with his previous circumstances, he had to settle for a more moderate compromise. Ultimately, courts allowed for a “60-day freeze on most green cards while still allowing visa-processing for hundreds of thousands of temporary employees like farm workers and crop pickers, who make up the majority of immigrants,” according to Politico.
This order caused strong reactions on both sides. Some people believe that it is unfair to completely shut own immigration, as it is our responsibility to support all people in need. “This is a time that we need to all come together and get through this together, rather than trying to compete against each other for resources,” said an unnamed Las Lomas junior.
However, many others believe that it is important to put American citizens first during a time of crisis. “I believe that this was a good move,” said an unnamed Las Lomas senior. “Sure it is extreme, but during these times we need to take extreme measures to ensure the security of our people.”
However, this may not be the last controversial decision that the White House makes in efforts to combat the coronavirus.