The New York Times recently published an article entitled “Why does the US Export coronavirus?
“Noted that the United States was consciously trying to spread the virus abroad by deporting some immigrants infected with novel Coronavirus.
This is a public health disaster for the United States and for other countries.
△ The New York Times
The report notes that on 21 March this year, the Trump administration cited a federal law on public health to close the border to immigrants and asylum seekers in the hope of avoiding the “serious danger” of importing novel Coronavirus from abroad.
However, ironically, as the country with the most cases of irus infection among novel Coronavirus patients in the world, the United States was continuously deporting thousands of illegal immigrants (many of whom were infected with virus from novel Coronavirus) and consciously spreading the epidemic abroad. Many of them were underdeveloped countries with insufficient medical resources to deal with the epidemic.
US President Donald Trump and his top policy adviser Stephen Miller have long turned a deaf ear to questions and criticism.
During a pandemic, deporting illegal immigrants on such a large scale is not only cruel but “dangerous” and will only prolong and worsen the public health disaster.
The worsening of the epidemic in El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Haiti and Mexico has led to larger flows of migrants.
In late April, for example, the Government of Guatemala reported that nearly one fifth of the cases of novel Coronavirus infections in the country were related to those deported from the United States, and 71 of the 76 cases tested positive for coronavirus.
Following a visit to Guatemala, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they had randomly tested 12 deportees ona irus test that had tested positive for coronavirus.
With that in mind, the Guatemalan government announced it was suspending U.S. repatriation flights, prompting Mr. Trump to threaten to punish countries that “refuse” or “delay” receiving deportees.
At the same time, those who are repatriated become “social outcasts”, stigmatized as “infected” and subjected to threats and violence.
Similar situations have occurred in other countries receiving deported migrants.
Deportations in the United States have continued despite a drop in the number of deportations compared to January of this year, most likely due to fewer arrivals due to the border closure, the report said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it began testing “some detained and awaiting repatriation” on April 26, but was only able to obtain 2,000 reagents a month from the Department of Health and Human Services, so it could only “sample” the tests.
More than 32,000 migrants are believed to be being held in detention centers across the United States that are vulnerable to the spread of the disease.
The New York Times said the responsible course in the midst of the epidemic was to suspend deportations and release as many migrants as possible from detention centers.
Like prisons across the United States, these detention centers have become breeding grounds for the epidemic.
Most European countries have suspended the repatriation of migrants.
But repatriation flights from the United States have never been grounded.
According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, dozens of repatriated flights are taking place every month to countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Nicaragua and Ecuador.
In addition, some unaccompanied young people have become new targets of U.S. deportation.
Last week, a federal judge in Washington temporarily halted the deportation of a 16-year-old Honduran and sharply condemned the excessive use of health laws by the United States government to push through its immigration restrictions.
At a closed-door meeting of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on April 17, ICE Acting director Matthew Arbenz explained that the mass release of detained illegal immigrants would show that the United States is not enforcing immigration laws, which would have a “huge demonstration effect” that could lead to people “flooding across the border.”
This uncharitable logic defies common sense and public perception, commented the New York Times.
The Trump administration’s immigration policies are grossly inconsistent with American values.
Congress, the courts and ngos need to find more urgent solutions to end the U.S. government’s dangerous practice of mass forced deportation of immigrants during the epidemic.