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Trump’s new immigration ban is a scam. Don’t pretend otherwise. (Washington Post)

April 21, 2020

From the article:

“‘...This will do nothing at all to slow the spread of coronavirus in the U.S.,’ Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, told me. ‘The U.S. is by far the global epicenter of the disease. The horse has long ago left the barn on keeping it out.’

Nor is there reason to believe immigration more broadly is an important ally of the “Invisible Enemy” of coronavirus, as Trump claims. The Cato Institute crunched the numbers and found no correlation between coronavirus rates by county and immigrant share by county.

Meanwhile, liberal economist Jared Bernstein points out to me that positioning this move as a protection for workers right now completely misdiagnoses our ongoing economic calamity.

Joblessness is soaring because social distancing measures have deliberately placed the economy into a self-induced coma. And so, the jobless need direct and immediate financial help, not protection from labor market competition, and getting the economy going is directly linked to the need for far more expansive testing, so people can return to economic activities safely...”

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