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Delta CEO Flirts With the Idea of “Immunity Passports” for Air Passengers

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Zach Wichter of The Points Guy wrote a recent piece about the possibility of Delta Air Lines floating the idea of “immunity passports” for air travel in the future.

It’s no secret that the travel industry has been completely turned upside down by the Wuhan virus outbreak.

Although travel will eventually resume after the outbreak subsides, there will likely be changes in how airlines will try to self-regulate and ensure travelers take necessary health precautions. There is still uncertainty in the air with regards to the approaches airlines will take in the post-Wuhan virus reality.

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Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said during conference a call with investors on April 22, 2020 that he and his employees are preparing for the possibility of new restrictions imposed on travelers, which could consist of policies requiring passengers to present documents indicating that they are in good health.

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“We will make whatever changes to the business model that will be necessary,” he stated, suggesting that “immunity passports” could be required for travelers. “Could there be a new public health agency coming out that requires a new passport to travel? I don’t know but we’ll be on the forefront of all those advances.”

Other aviation industry insiders believe that passport requirements could be coming soon in order to grapple with a post-Wuhan virus reality.

“People will have to carry, essentially, a COVID passport,” declared Robert W. Mann, an aviation analyst based in New York City. Mann is of the view that people will still likely have to possess documentation demonstrating their immunity when they go travel abroad.

Some parts of the world are already rolling out similar passport measures. The Washington Post recently did a story on Chile’s new efforts to issue immunity passports to citizens who have recovered from the Wuhan virus. This paperwork allows holders to be exempt from government-mandated social distancing requirements.

Put simply, Chileans who have recovered from the virus can go back to work to work and are no longer required to be under lockdown.

As of now, there have been no concrete measures in the U.S. to take such steps. However, as the economy is gradually re-opened, certain policymakers will likely put forward similar methods.

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Mara Elvira Salazar is No Friend of America First Nationalism

Republican leaders would be wise to ignore all of her political advice.

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If there’s one Republican leader that young activists should never listen to, it’s Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. 

Salazar, who is a Cuban American, has been an outspoken advocate of loosening U.S. immigration laws. In fact, she even confronted known immigration hawk and key Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a Republican Study Committee weekly lunch on February 24, 2021. She specifically criticized Trump’s immigration message and demanded that the GOP be more inclusive in its outreach.

“I told him [Miller] that the GOP needs to attract the browns,” stated Salazar. “We, for the last 30 years since Ronald Reagan, have not sent the right message to the browns,” she continued. “Reagan was the last guy who gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people … 35 years ago. It’s time for us to do the same thing that Reagan did.”

Salazar doubled down on her pro-immigration message when she went on Larry Kudlow’s show on March 2 and declared that former President Donald Trump would have done better with Hispanics by advocating for looser immigration. Journalist Ryan Girdusky noted how some of Trump’s advisers were already pushing for amnesty lite policies:

Girdusky added that Salazar was rather unhinged in her criticism of Miller’s vision for the GOP:

Salazar made a lot of noise about the Hispanic vote, despite ignoring how Trump improved his Hispanic numbers between 2016 and his re-election bid in 2020 from 28% to 32%. And he did so without much Hispandering or campaigning on passing amnesty. 

The unsavory fact that the GOP consultant class and the likes of Salazar refuse to acknowledge is that the Black Lives Matter unrest alone likely pushed significant segments of the Hispanic population into the Democrats’ arms. BLM radicalism alienated Americans of all backgrounds., but Hispanics were not having any of this kind of ruckus. Even Hispanic Democrats, of all groups, largely supported strong military action during the riots.

In reality, Hispanic support for Trump is largely based on his bluster and political bluntness, which many minority groups find comfort in. 

However, Republicans like Salazar gets it all wrong by thinking that expanding immigration both legal and illegal is a key to the Republican Party success. The Republican Party will have to concede that they can make gains with Hispanics at the margins but they cannot expect to win the majority of the Hispanic vote due to Hispanics’ propensity to support many causes ranging from gun control to more government involvement in healthcare. Data from the Pew Research Center demonstrates these beliefs among Hispanics. Nevertheless, there are some avenues for outreach with this demographic  but they must be done right. 

The key for Republican success is the white working class voters, which played a crucial role in putting Trump over the top in the Midwest back in 2016. These voters are not the most reliable in terms of turnout, but they comprise a vast segment of the American electorate. Any candidate who can activate them could potentially build a hegemonic electoral coalition for years to come. The goal for a sane Republican campaign is to maximize turnout and support among the WWC. 

Such inroads with WWC voters are more important than meeting a diversity quota the likes of Salazar and naive Republican strategists would like the party to pursue. Any nationalist campaign worth its salt would be promoting the following: Infrastructure projects targeting the Midwest, the restriction of both illegal and legal immigration, and re-shoring programs to bring jobs back. 

On the other hand, following Salazar’s program is the way that the GOP will become irrelevant and alienate many WWC voters who are already on the fence with regards to the Republican Party. These voters are not going to gravitate towards Republicans just because of the “R” next to their name. They still must be catered to and pushing for amnesty is one way to turn working class voters off.

Under Salazar’s watch, the GOP will simply be going back to the politically correct ways of the Bush administration. To tap into the sleeping giants that is the WWC, Republican leaders should ignore everything Salazar has to say and get fully behind nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, infrastructure development, and re-shoring. 

 

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