Update, March 18, 9:42 pm:

The Washington Post reports on March 18 that ICE is limiting enforcement action to immigrants with criminal records while the coronavirus outbreak continues. Which is better for America's health and safety? A mass roundup of out-of status immigrants to intern them in concentration-camp like conditions which are guaranteed to spread the virus even further, or a focus on controlling the virus based on advice of our health experts only?

The question answers itself.See, March 18:

ICE to stop most immigration enforcement inside U.S., will focus on criminals during coronavirus outbreak

Finally, a sign of reality and humanity in immigration policy coming from the Trump administration, instead of anti-immigrant scapegoating and ethnic cleansing.

My earlier comment follows below:

The June 2018 5-4 Trump v Hawaii Supreme Court decision upholding Donald Trump's Muslim ban executive order on the grounds that the president has virtually unlimited power over immigration will very possibly be looked upon by future historians as one of the most disgraceful examples of prejudice replacing the rule of law in all of US history, on a par with Dred Scott (1857) and Korematsu v, US, (1944), The US, by statute, has officially apologied for and paid reparations for the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WW2 which the Supreme Court had upheld in Korematsu.

Therefore, even in Trump v. Hawaii itself, while the Supreme Court's Republican majority turned a blind eye toward the numerous expressions of hate and open anti-Muslim bigotry which Trump had used as part of his presidential campaign, Chief Justice Roberts, pointedly denounced the Korematsu decision and purported to overrule it. See Vox:


Nothing could be clearer than the fact that interment camps for unpopular minorities, including immigrants, whatever their status may be, have no place in American law, or in America itself. But Trump has already made wide use of interment against immigrants, including but not limited to legitimate asylum seekers, and has been accused of holding them under conditions resembling concentration-camps. See: Harry Blain, July 1, 2019:

American Concentration Camps, Then and Now

(Accessible through Google - I do not have a citation or link):

See also:

Concentration Camps Expert Andrea Pitzer: The Trump Administration is Running Camps at the Southern Border


Even though there are no reports that I am aware of so far concerning any spread of the deadly coronavirus in immigrant communities specifically, and there are, up to now, far fewer reported cases in Mexico and Latin America than in the US, Trump has repeatedly blamed immigrants for the US pandemic and spoken about Covid-19 in openly racist terms, such as "Chinese virus".

There isalso ample historical precedent for scapegoating immigrants and ethnic minorities for the spread of disease, as in the 1918 flu pandemic. See:


Will Trump, who already has an infamous history of blaming Latino and other mainly nonwhite immigrants for crime, job losses and almost every other problem facing America, use coronavirus as an excuse to expand the internment of immigrants who are out of status or accused of minor crimes even further.

Is America on the way to becoming a nation of barbed wire for immigrants?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law