The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global anti-pandemic response.
According to Guatemala's Health Ministry, at least 100 migrants deported from the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 since late March.
Mexico and Haiti have also reported COVID-19 infections among deported migrants. Out of fear of growing imported cases, Guatemala suspended regular deportation flights from the United States earlier this month.
President Alejandro Giammattei said the flights will remain suspended until the U.S. can guarantee that the deportees are free of coronavirus.
Their vulnerability allows for easy exploitation by politicians, especially during an election year. In implementing such a ruthless deportation policy, the Trump administration aims to win over voters by showing the importance it attaches to public health concerns.
Exporting contagion risks by deportation dampens efforts by Latin America to control the virus. If the coronavirus overwhelms under-resourced Central American countries like Guatemala, it would be a big blow to the global anti-pandemic fight and stall a full victory, which harms everyone, including the United States.
Under the selfish doctrine of "America First," which forms the centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy, the Trump administration has isolated itself from the world, where coordinated efforts have never been more important in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a common threat to all humanity.