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Nonprofit Executive Speaks Out On Trump’s Order That Bans Some Immigration During Pandemic

Shana Tabak, executive director for the Tahirih Justice Center’s Atlanta office, joins "Closer Look" to discuss President Donald Trump's latest executive order that bans some immigration.
Shana Tabak, executive director for the Tahirih Justice Center’s Atlanta office, joins "Closer Look" to discuss President Donald Trump's latest executive order that bans some immigration.
Credit Tahirih Justice Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge dent in the job market.

Many people right here in Georgia and across the country are battling with pay cuts and job losses or dealing with a reduction in work hours.

Last month, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning immigration for people seeking permanent residency visas or green card work status in the U.S.

The president cited the move as a way to put American workers first in line for job openings.

The ban, issued on April 22, is for 60 days.

But, like many Trump’s immigration-related policies and executive orders, the move has been met with criticism.

On Monday’s edition of  “Closer Look,” Shana Tabak, executive director for the Tahirih Justice Center’s office in Atlanta, told show host Rose Scott that the president’s executive order heightens fear among immigrant groups and American citizens who are trying to relocate their families to the U.S.

“My fear is that with these continued policies that are really trying to keep people outside of the United States, we are creating very dangerous situations for some of the most vulnerable individuals,” said Tabak.

During the conversation, Tabak also discussed how the Tahirih Justice Center is providing resources to their clients during the pandemic.

Guest:

Shana Tabak, executive director for the Atlanta Tahirih Justice Center

To listen to the full conversation, please click on the audio player above.

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