How many times during this pandemic has the president made one decision when reality demanded the opposite?

He called the COVID-19 outbreak a hoax instead of taking it seriously. He appointed Mike Pence to direct the U.S. response to the crisis instead of an expert. He forced states to compete for vital supplies, instead of distributing them nationally. Then he suggested injecting disinfectants to kill the virus, leading to a spike in poison-control-center calls.

With immigration, Trump is repeating the pattern — by seeking to ban it, using the coronavirus crisis as a justification. Instead, as a matter of both justice and public health, the U.S. should do the very opposite: extend the rights of citizenship and permanent residency to all.

Read the full article at MarketWatch.

Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Josue De Luna Navarro is the New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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