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Immigrants’ Rights and Fear of Deportation During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical Study of The US Immigration Policies
Volume: 10 Issue: 4 2020
In recent years, anti-immigrant sentiments are taking a toll in American society. The COVID- 19 pandemic have just proved to be the add on to the prevalent socio-political polarization. The news regarding the deaths of immigrants coming from the different nationalities and discriminatory behaviour of the federal agencies towards immigrant groups in providing them aid through the health care mechanism during the COVID-19 period are doing rounds in the world. People who do not have lawful status and proper documentation are left behind and have been ignored vehemently in providing COVID- 19 testing and other medical facilities. Such treatment could be seen as a testament to the policy-driven barrier which is part and parcel of the U.S. immigration policies for the vulnerable section of the society that leads to the more severe COVID situation in the country. The proposed research paper tries to investigate and analyse the situation of undocumented immigrants who have been living in the U.S. which is considered as the most developed country in the world but failed to treat equally the "others" who suffered miserably during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the discriminatory policies of the various federal departments of the United States. Whereas, other developing countries are doing good who did not impose those policy-driven impediments on such groups. The paper tries to investigate how this biased behaviour towards some particular immigrants group and racial identities affects the US tag of a multicultural society and hampering its diplomatic ties with other nations as well. Apart from this, the paper also examines how the immigrant's rights have been tossed away and how they were living under the constant fear of deportation during the severe pandemic situation as situations were so grim in their home country as well.
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