This op-ed is based on an assumption that is not in evidence: That is a bad thing to have an uptick in migration from people seeking political asylum. That is not a given, especially after the Trump slowdowns. washingtonpost.com/opinions/biden…
The pandemic isn't an all-purpose explanation, either. As the article notes, refugees are crammed in squalid camps in Mexico, which has somehow managed to mishandle the pandemic worse than us. Letting them over to live in better conditions likely reduces transmission.
Bigger picture: I would have wished that the Trump era taught us to stop treating immigrants like they are inherently a problem. Trump was able to exploit decades of misleading rhetoric that assumed that immigration represents failure, instead of opportunity.
It's particularly dumb to hang-wring about low birth rates and then turn around and reject an influx of people who are young and ready to work hard to make it in a new country.

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