The U.S. government seeks ways to cut the flow of migrants, even though it results in a tangible economic decline.
In its article, The Economist traces this tendency back to Donald Trump's speech that he held almost four years ago, during the campaign in Arizona. The-then candidate claimed that the U.S. would “choose immigrants based on merit”. Such a move, he said, would be instrumental to "boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first”.
Before Covid-19 pandemic hit the world's economy, Trump's administration managed to "cut arrivals of undocumented migrants, most effectively by striking a deal last year with Mexico’s government to prevent central Americans reaching the border and claiming asylum".
"It has greatly reduced the number of official resettlement opportunities for refugees, a programme in which America had led the rest of the world for decades. It also made it harder for those inside America to apply for the green cards that allow them to live and work in the country. Now it is using the pandemic-induced economic slump to justify a clampdown on new, legal migrant inflows", reads the article.