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Susan Rice on Immigration

 

 


Viruses have no nationality and respect no borders

Consistent with his nationalistic, xenophobic orientation, Trump has portrayed the virus that causes Covid-19 as a "foreign virus." In reality, viruses know no nationality and respect no borders. Demonizing foreigners, denigrating people of different religions and hues, building walls and restricting immigration are not effective ways to combat a pandemic. Nor do they solve our economic challenges or assuage those uncomfortable with our growing racial diversity.

Trump just announced a counterproductive and ineffectual suspension of travel from much of Europe. By refusing to consult or even warn our closest allies, the United States alienated partners whose cooperation we always need to confront global challenges, including the coronavirus. Merely another feckless, if costly, way of blaming foreigners for our own problems, it does nothing to address the crisis already in our midst.

Source: N. Y. Times 2020 analysis of coronavirus policy , Mar 13, 2020

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