U.S. deportations imperil Central America's weak health systems

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-07 18:57:25|Editor: huaxia

In the name of containing the spread of COVID-19 at home, the United States has been pushing ahead with its immigration enforcement agenda, deporting thousands of Central Americans, including those who have been infected with the deadly virus, to their home countries amid the ravaging pandemic. With little or even no sanitary measures in place in crowded holding centers or the deportation process, Washington's business-as-usual approach has disregarded a global health crisis and jeopardized the fragile health systems in less developed countries in Central America. So far, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica and other Latin American countries such as Colombia and Mexico have all reported infected cases in deportees. The United States, with the world's highest number of infections and deaths, is accused of prompting the virus' diffusion in its neighboring region.