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April 2020
  • “President Donald Trump said (April 20) he will suspend all immigration into the United States temporarily through an executive order in response to the coronavirus outbreak and to protect American jobs. The move, which the Republican president announced on Twitter, effectively achieves a long-term Trump policy goal to curb immigration making use of the health and economic crisis that has swept the country as a result of the pandemic to do so.” – Reuters, April 20, 2020
  • “In the scramble to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the United States, the Trump administration has been pushing forward with its aggressive immigration enforcement agenda, deporting thousands of people to their home countries, including some who are sick with the virus,” The New York Times reported April 19. “Dozens of Guatemalans flown home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement since late March tested positive for the coronavirus after returning, according to Guatemalan authorities.
  • Hispanics (49 percent) are more likely than Americans overall to say they or someone in their household has experienced a pay cut or lost their job because of the coronavirus outbreak.” – Pew Research Center, April 3, 2020
  • Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay celebrated Mass live stream from St. Brigid Church in Brooklyn to empty pews. Eight days later he died at age 49. “He was the first Catholic priest in the United States known to have died of the coronavirus.” – The New York Times, April 2, 2020
  • Dr. Patricia Téllez-Girón was featured as a “uniter” in the Special Report “Apart. Not Alone” issue of Time, April 6/ 13. Dani Ibarra-Ramirez, an emergency nurse in Chicago, and Willy Solis, a grocery deliverer in Denton, Texas, were among the featured responders in the April 20 issue of Time, “Special Report: Heroes of the Front Lines.”
  • In a continued measure of medical diplomacy, Cuban doctors “have flown off on new missions to battle COVID-19 in at least 14 countries including Italy and the tiny principality of Andorra.” – Associated Press, April 3, 2020.
  • “A top court in Ecuador (April 7) convicted Rafael Correa, the country’s former president, on corruption charges and sentenced him to eight years in prison.” – The New York Times, April 8, 2020
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