Trump’s proclamation severely limiting temporary migrant visas, like most of his previous “temporary” bans, will probably last longer than is necessary or won’t be canceled at all until a Democratic president takes office.
Rather than seeking to curb the number of H-1B visas and accepting absurdly long wait‐time for employment‐based green cards, Congress and the administration should seek to increase the number of these immigrants who can come here and making it possible for them to quickly earn green cards.
A bilateral labor agreement that allows Canadians to work in the United States and allows Americans to work in Canada under the same set of rules would do much to alleviate a visceral negative reaction to liberalized immigration.
The federal government has the legitimate power to restrict immigration or other travel across borders to limit the spread of serious contagious diseases and to protect public health. However, blanket bans like those imposed by the administration in recent months and those coming are akin to closing the barn door after the horse has escaped.
This blog post is the first in a series to answer the question of whether immigrants spread serious notifiable diseases other than COVID-19 in the United States. This post focuses on all pooled notifiable diseases for which there are vaccination requirements to enter the United States.
Experts should commit themselves publicly to always telling the truth and to banish the noble lie from public debate. By limiting the transmission of noble lies, hopefully we can do something to limit the spread of COVID-19.