“We will only halt COVID 19 through solidarity,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization Director-General.
Solidarity is a concept the Trump administration is not extending to immigrants. Despite having to deal with a cataclysmic pandemic, Trump still has time to target even legal immigrants. This, with the support of the Supreme Court whose 2017 ruling allows the President “broad discretion” to suspend immigration if it’s in the “best interest of the country.”
Now, the second leading cause of death in the U.S. (COVID 19) claims over 4,300 lives a week. While the President has yet to wrap his mind around solutions to the crisis at hand he has much to say about immigration. Last week, he imposed a 60-day suspension on legal residency immigration. Yes, legal immigration is being targeted.
In addition, U.S. citizens whose spouses are undocumented, are being penalized for their affiliation with their spouses. They are be denied the much-needed relief, the stimulus check, that was promised by the federal government. Yes, American citizens are targeted. There is no solidarity in these actions.
Human solidarity is also lacking in our nation’s handling of immigration detainees. Although courts across the country have ordered the release of detained immigrants, there is little or no plan to implement social distancing protocols for the 30,000 still in immigration detention facilities. Those seeking refuge in our country are being held in situations where, without social distancing measures, soap or cleaning supplies, they are at the mercy of COVID 19.
Ironically, while our country is desperate for foreign medical workers to come help us deal with this pandemic, their visas are not easier to obtain. In fact, the 27,000 DACA recipients who work in healthcare, still risk being stripped of their status in spite of the current pandemic and our great medical needs. In fact, the 27,000 DACA recipients who work in healthcare, still risk being stripped of their status in spite of the current pandemic and our great medical needs.
Americans, similarly to the Italians, have to deal with the fact that decisions based on economic priorities caused our nation to be ill prepared for this pandemic. Although this administration would like to promote the economic argument that suspending immigration saves U.S. jobs, the reality is that it simply continues its discriminatory targeting of immigrants.
As we share our deepest condolences for all those you have lost loved ones during this pandemic, we hope that each of you would remember what our nation, acting in human solidarity, can be. Let’s make that happen in November 2020. Vote.
By The Immigration Post – Chief Editor