President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s well-established antipathy toward immigrants has gone into overdrive as Covid-19 continues to rage around the world as the White House has used the pandemic to severely restrict visas to the U.S., leaving refugees stranded and leading professionals to consider pursuing their options elsewhere.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Beforehand I would say that staying in the U.S. was my first option for my career,\u0022 Yale PhD student Vitor Possebom told CNN. \u0022Now, being honest, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand and Australia seem like a much better choice.\u0022This isn\u0026#039;t new; it is the culmination of numerous policy changes and executive actions, identified by @AILANational in 2017 as the invisible wall, and felt by immigration attorneys and our clients every day since this man took office. https://t.co/94I9FWKczf— Anastasia Tonello (@anastasianylon) July 10, 2020In an analysis of immigration patterns and the effects of Trump administration decrees and shut-downs of legal ways to enter the country, CNN\u0026nbsp;estimated that the country is seeing a precipitous drop in asylum claims, work visas, and refugee admissions. The Trump era has been marked by drops in immigration and the setting up of hurdles to legal entry but the pandemic has sent those efforts into high gear.\u0026nbsp;The ACLU, in a statement in June on the administration\u0026#039;s Covid-19 immigration restrictions, put the blame for the rules on Trump and his extremist advisor Stephen Miller.\u0026nbsp;\u0022The Trump administration has banned asylum seekers at the border, green card applicants, foreign students, and now even more immigrants, who are instrumental to our nation\u0026#039;s economic recovery,\u0022 the group said. \u0022Congress should immediately investigate the true purpose—and ramifications—of these Stephen Miller bans.\u0022In a tweet referring to the administration\u0026#039;s disastrous response to the pandemic and the decline in immigration, journalist Thomas Seymat described the drop in visas as \u0022the only curve they flattened.\u0022As\u0026nbsp;CNN reported:In a pair of White House immigration proclamations issued\u0026nbsp;in April\u0026nbsp;and\u0026nbsp;June, the administration\u0026nbsp;suspended much of family-based immigration\u0026nbsp;and a number of guest worker visas through the end of the year, with some exceptions. The Migration Policy Institute estimated\u0026nbsp;that some 167,000 temporary workers\u0026nbsp;will be kept out of the United States and\u0026nbsp;26,000 green cards will be blocked monthly.\u0026nbsp;As a result of the outbreak, consulates overseas had to close, making it nearly impossible for people overseas to obtain visas. Since January, the number of non-immigrant visas issued has plummeted 94%.\u0022You would expect that during this massive public health and economic crisis that the administration\u0026#039;s agenda would be sidelined,\u0022 Migration Policy Institute policy analyst Sarah Pierce told\u0026nbsp;CNN,\u0026nbsp;\u0022but instead it\u0026#039;s been as aggressive if not more aggressive than it\u0026#039;s ever been.\u0022How the Trump administration has successfully blocked nearly every form of legal immigration, in one graph: https://t.co/FAJPU0p5Zv pic.twitter.com/HmRD3tBcC7— Rachel Morris (@RachelMorris) July 9, 2020Meanwhile,\u0026nbsp;U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has ceased printing documents for legal immigrants and green card holders, the\u0026nbsp;Washington Post\u0026#039;s Catherine Rampell wrote\u0026nbsp;Thursday, meaning \u0022the Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones.\u0022According to Rampell:Some 50,000 green cards and 75,000 other employment authorization documents promised to immigrants haven\u0026#039;t been printed, USCIS said in a statement. The agency said it had planned to escalate printing but that it \u0022cannot speculate on future projections of processing times.\u0022 In the event of furloughs—which the agency has threatened if it does not get a $1.2 billion loan from Congress—\u0022all agency operations will be affected.\u0022\u0022The \u0026#039;show me your papers\u0026#039; administration has literally switched off printers needed to generate those \u0026#039;papers,\u0026#039;\u0022 wrote Rampell.How the Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones -- by, uhh, literally turning off the printers that print the documents https://t.co/JRQ6hjqHtk— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) July 9, 2020As Florida immigration attorney Anis Saleh told Rampell, the \u0022overall efficiency of the immigration process\u0022 is suffering due to decisions made by the Trump administration—a result that the lawyer suggested was part of the plan.\u0022The administration has accomplished its goal of shutting down legal immigration without actually changing the law,\u0022 said Saleh.