Update, April 25 at 10:14 am:

The Washington Post reports that Stephen Miller is now assuring his supporters that Trump's "60-day pause" in green card admissions is meant to be permanent, as part of Trump's and Miller's "socially transformative" (i.e. white supremacist) "vision" for American society. of the future. See, Washington Post, April 24:


Stephen Miller has long term vision for Trump's 'temporary' immigration order according to private call with supporters

The best comment of all about Trump's real motivation for his latest immigration ban is by Amanda Marcotte, writing in Salon on April 21 as follows:

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/21/no-mr-so-called-president-racism-wont-stop-the-coronavirus/

"Trump's eagerness to blame immigrants isn't a surprise, of course. Trump won in 2016 through an overly racist campaign pandering to fears of demographic and cultural change on the part of his aging white voting base. Racism is Trump's comfort blanket, the one he reaches for every time he feels like he's losing control and needs to remind his racist base why they love him.

But demonizing immigrants does nothing to actually slow down the spread of the virus. Immigrants aren't the reason that there are not enough coranavirus tests. Immigrants aren't why everyone hasto be locked inside their homes, unale to go to work to to enjoy a normal life. Barring immigration will not to a single thing to get the tests out to state governments that can't reopen until there is a better way to track and contain the virus than the current lockdowns that we're all enduring, immigrants included."


My earlier comment follows.

When the full, shameful history of Donald Trump's initial denial in the face of the coronovirus pandemic and his subsequent dangerously misleading attempts to play down its danger to the American people and "reopen" the nation prematurely for his own political advantage against the advice of his own top medical experts is written, one chapter will certainly have to be devoted to how his hostility toward immigration, especially from nonwhite parts of the world, has made it harder than ever for desperately needed foreign doctors and other skilled medical professional to come to or remain in the United States to fight the virus.

Trump's attempts to muzzle or sideline his own top medical and scientific experts who are warning against going back to "business as usual" in America before adequate testing and other preventive measures to control the virus are fully in place are by now part for the regular news of the day.

So is Trump's war against doctors who stand in the say of his efforts to promote fake, untested and dangerous drugs that have little or no scientific basis.

See: KATV: April 23:


Doctors struggle to stay true to science but not cross Trump

https://katv.com/news/coronavirus/doctors-struggle-to-stay-true-to-science-but-not-cross-trump

See also, AOL News, April 24:


Trump's coronavirus disinfectant comments "dangerous", doctors say

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/04/24/trumps-coronavirus-disinfectant-comments-dangerous-doctors-say/24088610/


But Trump's contempt for medical expertise if it stands in the way of his own perceived reelection chances, which are widely believes to depend on the economy, is especially dangerous when combined with his hostility to legal immigration that is making it harder for doctors and other medical professionals to obtain visas and work permission. See, Catherine Rampell, writing in the April 23 Washington Post:

It appears the Trump administration is doing all it can to drive away health professionals

It is true, as Rampell points out, that Trump's latest green card ban decree exempts applicants working in essential positions, including doctors and other medical professionals. But she also details other ways in which the immigration system has become even more cumbersome and difficult for doctors and other health professionals to navigate.

These include the unavailability of visa appointments at US consulates around the world; and, for doctors and health professionals who are already in the US, the suspension of USCIS premium processing. This can cause long delays in receiving needed work permission.

Rampell also points to the generally hostile Trump administration attitude toward all legal immigration, as exemplified by Trump's warning that he is considering adding additional restrictions to his authoritarian April 22 diktat "temporarily" (who believes that?) banning issuance of most employment based green cards.

She reports that some highly qualified doctors from countries such India are so frustrated by delays in issuing US work permits, that they are looking around for positions in other countries instead of being able to contribute their skills to the battle against the coronavirus. See also,

https://theintrcept.com/2020/04/06/coronavirus-immigrant-physicians-doctors-visa-united-states/


This raises another question:


Does Donald Trump care how many more Americans may die from COVID-19 because of a shortage of urgently needed medical professionals, as long as he can find more ways to keep America white by closing America off to non-European legal immigration?


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard Law School LL.B.
Harvard College A.B.