Covid-19, the Northern Triangle, and U.S. Immigration Policy

Lucrecia Hernández Mack and Karen Musalo

Title Conditional: Covid-19, the Northern Triangle, and U.S. Immigration Policy
Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm (Pacific Time) | CLAS Virtual event

The novel coronavirus presents a frightening challenge for the Northern Triangle of Central America and much of the world. Recently, the Trump administration imposed harsh new restrictions on migrants as a response to the pandemic. Dr. Lucrecia Hernández Mack will discuss Covid-19 and its impact on Guatemala. Prof. Karen Musalo will provide an overview of current U.S. immigration policy concerning the Northern Triangle.

Lucrecia Hernández Mack is a Guatemalan congressional deputy representing the Movimiento Semilla party and a physician. She served as the first female Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance for her country. She is a founding member of the Inclusive Health Institute and the Myrna Mack Foundation, a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Karen Musalo is a professor of law at UC Hastings Law, where she founded the Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. She has contributed to the evolving jurisprudence of asylum law through her scholarship and litigation. 

Additional sources mentioned by participants:

Cato Institute (2020-4-21). No, Mr. President, Immigration Is Not Correlated with COVID-19 in the United States. By Alex Nowrasteh and Andrew C. Forrester."
National Survey of Living Conditions (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas de Guatemala. 

Detainees at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Jerry Glaser/CBP.)
Migrants detained by the U.S. Border Patrol near Yuma, Arizona. (Photo by Jerry Glaser/CBP.)