On Monday, the National Association of Immigration Judges condemned the Trump administration's Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), following their order to remove CDC posters at immigration courts that displayed, in English and Spanish, warnings about the coronavirus and tips on how to prevent the spread of the disease.
EOIR has ordered immigration court staff to remove CDC posters designed to slow spread of coronavirus. No, this is not a parody account.— Immigration Judges (NAIJ) (@Immigration Judges (NAIJ))1583794881.0
NAIJ had recommended to immigration judges that they post in courthouses the English and Spanish language versions… https://t.co/LsDOmXolIB— Immigration Judges (NAIJ) (@Immigration Judges (NAIJ))1583795246.0
Here are links to the English language versions of the offending flyers: https://t.co/UKv0sFFxx4 https://t.co/HVzmE0g7SF— Immigration Judges (NAIJ) (@Immigration Judges (NAIJ))1583795308.0
NAIJ did not provide an explanation from the Trump administration as to why these posters had been ordered removed. But the likely result will be reduced awareness of the disease among families seeking asylum in immigration courts.
Commenters on social media were outraged at the news — many of them speculating that the administration intends this outcome on purpose, and pointing out that any effort to control the spread of disease that discriminates by race or ethnicity will be self-defeating:
@4everNeverTrump @Imm_Judges_NAIJ It's as if he doesn't understand how illnesses work. This doesn't just hurt the p… https://t.co/PIh5MfUoQl— OUFENIX (D) (@OUFENIX (D))1583796992.0
@Imm_Judges_NAIJ The original, biggest US Public Health Service success - stopping plague (!!) in the 1910s - happe… https://t.co/WIr9hu428V— Blue Bee (@Blue Bee)1583796719.0
@Imm_Judges_NAIJ First off this is evil period. But secondly, the virus doesn’t discriminate. What Neanderthal thin… https://t.co/XzUHcDhucw— HRCSuperVol1 (@HRCSuperVol1)1583797359.0