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Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Making the Coronavirus Pandemic Worse

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NewsWeek, April 2020

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday night that his administration would be suspending all immigration to the United States to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the administration has filled in the details, blocking all green cards for 60 days while still permitting temporary workers.

But scapegoating immigrants won’t protect Americans from COVID-19. In fact, the Trump administration’s ant-immigration policies are making the coronavirus crisis worse.

Since 2012, I have researched immigrants’ health care access. My conversations with immigrants, health care providers and local advocates reveal that a preoccupation with border security makes us sicker—and may explain why we are grappling with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

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