Should U.S. states be free to close their borders to other U.S. citizens?
- April 3, 2020
- Sara Wallace Goodman, poli sci, breaks the issue down in the piece for The Washington Post
Hoping to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, public officials are turning to a controversial tactic: trying to impose rules on interstate travel. Governors in states as different as Hawaii and Rhode Island are requiring Americans coming from states with high rates of the virus to self-quarantine or asking them to not come at all. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would only allow Floridians — and not other U.S. citizens — to get off docking cruise ships. Mayors near Cleveland are asking snowbirds not to return from Florida. Even President Trump suggested quarantining the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area.
Efforts to “flatten the curve” — reducing strain on health services through social distancing and by isolating where possible — put state governors in a peculiar collective action problem. What do they do when other states are not following the recommended practices?
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