Scapegoating Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday August 18, 2020

Immigrants are once again the targets of draconian policymaking. It is during the COVID-19 pandemic this time. Through a series of presidential proclamations and other executive branch maneuvers, the Trump Administration is attempting to leverage a host of so-called migration
management tools to ban entry and force some immigrant to leave the country—all under the guise of containing the spread of the coronavirus and protecting American jobs.

In addition to travel bans from multiple countries and a near total shutdown of the northern and southern borders, the Trump Administration’s migration management efforts target not only unauthorized immigrants but also asylum seekers, family members of legal permanent residents, temporary workers (agricultural & high tech), and international students. Migration management applies to nearly every person seeking entry to U.S. on an immigrant visa or nonimmigrant visas.


Johnson J. H., Jr. & Bonds, J.M. (2020). Scapegoating Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic. [White Paper] Frank Hawkins Institute of Private Enterprise.