President Donald Trump was accused of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance his administration\u0026#039;s anti-immigrant agenda in response to his Monday order expanding restrictions on temporary worker visas.\u0022This is another thinly-veiled attempt to implement radical changes to our immigration system, and to limit the number of non-citizens who are able to come to the U.S.,\u0022 tweeted the American Immigration Council. \u0022This is not about public health or the economy.\u0022The proclamation, which cites \u0022the extraordinary circumstances of the economic contraction resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak,\u0022 takes aim at those currently outside the U.S. and takes effect June 24.In addition to extending through the end of the year—or longer \u0022as necessary\u0022—the restrictions Trump put in place in April freezing the visa lottery system and barring legal residents\u0026nbsp;from bringing over family members, the new order suspends entry to H-1B \u0022highly skilled\u0022 workers and H-2B seasonal non-agricultural laborers, as well as their spouses and children. It also suspends new entry for cultural and educational exchange worker J visa holders and specialized worker L visa holders. The order exempts temporary food laborers or people whose entry is deemed by the administration to be \u0022in the national interest.\u0022FACTBOX: President Donald Trump suspended the entry of certain foreign workers until the end of the year. Here’s a look at who is affected by the new rules on work visas https://t.co/iNlYpzdrr1 by @dvdwyer pic.twitter.com/u5Soqs8cpV— Reuters (@Reuters) June 23, 2020According to NBC News,\u0026nbsp;Senior administration officials said Trump has also asked the Departments of Homeland Security, State and Labor to work on regulations that will have a permanent impact, such as ending work permits for many asylum seekers and ending the lottery system for H-1B visas.\u0022This shutdown will not be temporary,\u0022 the American Immigration Council warned in a tweet. \u0022As long as the Trump administration is in office, they will continue to look for excuses to justify extending this ban.\u0022Elin Videvall, a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian, said that the restrictions \u0022should be of great concern to all U.S. scientists who are no longer able to hire international students and postdocs.\u0022\u0026nbsp; The March for Science issued a similar warning, tweeting, \u0022This is a xenophobic move that will hurt U.S. science for years to come.\u0022\u0026nbsp;The ACLU, meanwhile, rejected the administration\u0026#039;s stated rationale for the new restrictions.\u0022This is not a response to Covid-19 or an economic crisis. It\u0026#039;s the exploitation of a pandemic to reshape immigration law, while superseding Congress,\u0022 the rights group wrote in a Twitter thread in which they rebuked the order as an example of \u0022Stephen Miller bans,\u0022 referring to the anti-immigrant White House advisor.Trump just announced new restrictions on temporary worker visas, yet another attack on our immigration system.This is not a response to COVID-19 or an economic crisis. It’s the exploitation of a pandemic to reshape immigration law, while superseding Congress. https://t.co/3ximsfrCZc— ACLU (@ACLU) June 22, 2020The president has ignored experts’ recommendations and instead banned asylum seekers, green card applicants, foreign students, and now even more immigrants. Congress should immediately investigate the true purpose — and ramifications — of these Stephen Miller bans— ACLU (@ACLU) June 22, 2020Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, also singled out Miller as a driving force behind the order\u0022The latest travel ban is a new season of the same racist, xenophobic show put on by Donald Trump and Stephen Miller,\u0022 she said. \u0022But Trump\u0026#039;s transparent effort to rally his base and distract from his innumerable failures, including his disastrous response to Covid-19, will not work. Indeed, the courts will stop his unlawful actions targeting immigrants. Like the past versions of this overused script using a pandemic to justify white nationalist policies, it deserves to be cancelled.\u0022Outrage came from Democrats on the Capitol Hill as well, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Immigration and Citizenship Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) accusing Trump of\u0026nbsp; \u0022once again abusing the law in an attempt to distract the American public from his abject failure to combat Covid-19.\u0022According to Rep. Pramila Japayal (D-Wash.),\u0026nbsp; \u0022For months, Trump has been desperately trying to do anything to open the country back up and return to \u0026#039;normal.\u0026#039; EXCEPT for those who are immigrants seeking to contribute to this country.\u0022\u0022We must defeat Trump\u0026#039;s racist and white nationalist agenda,\u0022 she said.