Update: March 27 at 10:30 pm.

See also, truthout.org:

Trump's deportation machine is still churning despite coronavirus outbreak


Update, March 27, 6:00 pm

Late reports that advising that, according to Trump, New York which is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, doesn't really need the 30,000 ventilators that Governor Cuomo is asking for show that Trump is exhibiting the same appalling inhumanity, lack of care or even of the most elementary compassion toward other Americans that has been at the heart of Trump's immigration agenda from the first day that took office as president.

Update, March 27, 2:05 pm:

Trump is showing more awareness of the seriousness of the coronavirus epidemic, according to the latest newspaper reports about his pushing large companies such as GM to produce badly needed ventilators faster. To that extent, he deserves the support of all Americans. It is also important to realize how dangerous his immigration detention policies are for the health of the American people, not only other immigrants.

My earlier comment follows:

It seems that every passing day brings new evidence that Donald Trump's priorities are not in the direction of taking any serious steps to protect the American public against the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Instad, he and his administration appear to be laser-focused on moving ahead with his agenda of hatred and cruelty against immigrants at all costs, no matter how much this may contribute to spreading the virus further into the general public and putting more Americans at risk of severe illness and death.

While the headlines focus on Trump's fantasy that America can "reopen for business" by April 12, barely two weeks from this writing and his using desperate Americans as guinea pigs to test an unproven treatrment which he heard about on Fox News - see, Washington Post, March 26:

Trump keeps touting an unproven coronavirus treatment It's now being tested on thousands in New York,

a March 26 report in The Guardian described the horrifying conditions at an ICE detention center in Louisiana where an Iranian scientist who entered the US with a legal visa has been held for more than four months even after being acquitted of apparently baseless criminal charges that Trump's DOJ had brought against him. See:

'I won't survive'. Iranian in US detention says ICE will let Covid-19 kill many


The scientist, Sirous Asgari, who is still being held by ICE without any reason or justification even though he committed no offense of any kind and has even requested to be allowed to self-deport to Iran, reported the following conditions at the ICE detention center in a phone call to The Guardian:

"Detainees have no hand sanitizer, and the facility is not regularly cleaning bathrooms or sleeping areas...

Detainees lack access to masks, For two weeks, ASF also refused to let Asgari wear his own protective mask. which he brought with him to the facility, and it has refused to supply one, despite his history of serious respiratory problems.

Detainees struggle to stay clean, and the facility has an awful stench...

There are no physical disncing guidelines at the facility..

'The way ICE looks at these people is not that they are human beings, but are objects to get rid of', said Asgari, a professor at the Sharif University of Technology, a public university in Tehran.' The way they have been treating us is absolutely terrifying.'"

One might well say the same thing about Donald Trump's, Stephen Miller'sand AG William Barr's entire anti-immigrant agenda, which future historians will almost certainly determine to be a Crime Against Humanity, even though Trump himself may escape being brought to justice at The Hague.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law