Originally Published in The Washington Post
Letters to the Editor - December 2, 2020
The excellent Nov. 28 editorial “ ‘Give me your tired, your poor’ ” omitted two imperative executive policy fixes. First, Title 42 expulsions, a draconian Stephen Miller brainchild circumventing our asylum laws, with skyrocketing deportations, must stop. Second, daily Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation flights have spread the coronavirus worldwide. The disease is widespread in ICE detention facilities, but the agency doesn’t reliably test detainees before deporting them, merely taking temperatures in nearly all cases. Hundreds of ICE deportees have tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Guatemala, India, Colombia, Romania, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil and elsewhere. These practices are immoral and senseless from an epidemiological and security perspective. President-elect Joe Biden should stop both practices immediately and release most ICE detainees with appropriate safeguards.
Steven Forester, Miami Beach