Why neglecting immigrants’ health is a terrible idea, especially in a pandemic

THE Trump administration’s colossal mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t over, and won’t be for a long time after the current president’s departure. There’s a sting in that administration’s tail, whose poison is already spreading through the US population. It has been invisible until now, at least in the higher echelons of power, but as the mass vaccination campaign moves into its next phase its effects are becoming painfully and tragically obvious. The sting has an innocuous-sounding name: the public charge rule…

Ellis Island immigrant hospital, early 20th Century. Reproduction by the French artist JR.

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 14 January 2021. To continue reading, click here.