According to many Democrats, travel bans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were “xenophobic” under the Trump administration.
Recent reports, however, confirm that President Joe Biden, who criticized his predecessor’s restrictions, is preparing to place a ban on travel to the United States from India amid that nation’s outbreak of the virus.
“High COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants”
On Friday, Reuters indicated that Biden, citing the advice of his health advisers, planned to put the restrictions in place in the near future.
The ban comes after reports that India is facing a staggering uptick in COVID-19 cases with a reported average of 350,000 new cases per day over the past week.
A White House official stated that the latest travel ban is the result of “high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India.”
Under the proposal, foreign nationals will be prevented from traveling to the U.S. if they have been in India at any point during the previous two weeks.
While such restrictions might not be inherently wrong, they do appear to stand in stark contrast to Biden’s previous position on the topic.
“The worst possible person to lead our country”
Last year, former President Donald Trump enacted travel bans on a number of countries in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in America — in other words, taking a similar approach to the one Biden is now recommending with regard to India.
In February 2020, however, Biden denounced the Trump ban, tweeting: “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”
About a month later, he followed up with another tweet, declaring that a “wall will not stop the coronavirus,” nor will a ban on “all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world.”
Now, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the Biden administration’s ban on travel from India will take effect on Tuesday.
It rarely takes very long to catch a Democrat in his or her own hypocrisy.