Update, March 12, 5:39 pm:

For more expert opinion, including from inside the Trump administration, that overcoming the government's "failing" (according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top NIH official) to make sufficient testing available, is much more urgent than travel bans in combating the spread of coronavirus, see The Hill:


Trump coronavirus travel ban comes under criticism

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/487242/trump-coronavirus-trsvel-ban-comes-under-criticism

My earlier comments follow below:


Update, March 12, 10:17 am:

European leaders have reacted with shock and anger to a travel ban affecting the entire 26-nation Schengen area (but not the UK, which has more coronavirus cases than most of the countries affected by the ban). The leaders say that the ban was ordered without consultation, and that it was instituted for political reasons rather than health considerations. Typical was the response of the European Union:

"The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation."

See, Washington Post:


Trump Europe Travel Ban: politicians react to 30-day restriction

Meanwhile, experts say that the travel ban will do little or noting to stop the spread of coronavirus in the US, because the epidemic is already here.

See: vox.com March 11:


Trump's Europe travel ban likely won't stop US coronavirus spread

This article quotes Lawrence Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law School, as saying:

"Germs don't respect borders, and you can't wall off every place in the world...

That doesn't work with a germ - particularly with a germ that's already here ."


If a ban on entry to the US from Europe will be of little or no use in stopping the spread of coronavirus in the US, than what is Trump trying to accomplish with the ban? One objective, clearly, is to draw attention away from his administration's own failures to provide adequate CDC funding to stop the spread of disease, as well as dangerous anti-immigrant actions here at home which could make the virus outbreak much worse - see below and also my March 11 Immigration Daily comment:

But there is another possible reason why Trumps has singled out Europe for his entry ban - Europe, in his view, may be admitting two many nonwhite immigrants. See The Hill, 7/12/2018


Trump: Europe is 'losing its culture' because of immigration

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/396803-trump-europw-is-losing-its-culture-because-of-immigration

The above story quotes Trump as follows on the topic of immigration to Europe from other parts of the world:

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it'd never gong to be what it was, and I don't mean that in a positive way."


This is a classic statement of the same white supremacist racism which has fueled Trump's domestic agenda, encompassing both legal and unauthorized immigration, during the past three years since he took office as president.

While there is no record that Trump has made this accusation himself, it is also worth noting that some of the far right nationalist European politicians whose anti-immigrant agendas have been compared to Trump's are now blaming immigrants from outside Europe for bringing coronavirus to that continent - just as Trump is now using coronavirus to justify his Wall against immigrants from Mexico and Latin America - where there are, so far, many fewer cases than in the US.

See, The Guardian, February 28:


Migrants aren't spreading the coronavirus - but nationalists are blaming them anyway

.Could hostility to nonwhite immigration in Europe be the real reason for Trump's sudden decision to single out the that continent for his latest example of anti-immigrant animosity?


:My earlier comment follows:

America's coronavirus epidemic has produced a major irony in Trump era immigration policy. After three years of trying to skew America's immigration system in favor of European immigrants in a return to the 1924-style regime which Trump's immigration guru, Stephen Miller, admired so much in his recently released emails (and which also inspired European fascist movements in the 1920's and 1930's), Donald Trump has now turned against European immigrants and made them scapegoats for what started out as a problem in China, but is now an American problem too - coronavirus.

In a March 11 Oval Office speech. Trump announced a 30-day ban on all immigration from Europe except for the UK.I t is not clear exactly what Trump hopes to accomplish with the ban, or whether this was done with the advice of medical experts - whom Trump has been trying to sideline and downplay until now, while depriving the CDC of badly-needed funding to fight the spread of diseases like this one.

One can only suspect that could be yet another example of Trump's looking to blame immigrants for his own failures - in this case, slashing CDC funding, the testing kit fiasco. and the potentially catastrophic situation created by the inhuman conditions in his overcrowded and unsanitary immigration jails.

This is not to mention his Public Charge rule that could scare millions of legal immigrants away from obtaining urgently needed Medicaid or ACA health coverage.

Trump's latest ban makes one thing clear, however. Being white is no longer protection against Trump's agenda of anti-immigrant scapegoating and xenophobia.


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law