Skip to comments.Trump administration announces US, Mexico limiting non-essential travel across border amid coronavirus
Posted on 03/20/2020 11:19:09 AM PDT by jazusamo
The Trump administration on Friday announced sweeping new travel restrictions between U.S. and Mexico in the latest step to curb the spread of the coronavirus it halted non-essential travel and moved to turn back any illegal immigrants trying to enter the country.
"The United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across our shared border," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a White House press briefing with other top officials.
Officials emphasized that the restrictions would not affect lawful trade and commerce, as the administration seeks to keep the economic supply chain going amid the ongoing crisis.
Moments later, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced that the Centers for Disease Control has directed the Department of Homeland Security to "suspend the introduction of all individuals without proper documentation" into the U.S. from both the northern and southern borders.
Those entering the country illegally between the ports of entry are frequently detained for a period of time, particularly if they claim asylum. But under this policy, they will be sent back immediately and not detained in a center where they could possibly spread or catch the highly contagious virus.
Wolf said the restrictions will go into place at midnight tonight, and that anyone caught entering the country illegally would immediately be returned to Mexico, Canada or a number of other countries from where they have originated. The restrictions come amid fears that a wave of migration could bring disease and overwhelm the American health care system.
These measures will protect the health of all three nations and reduce the incentive for mass global migration that would badly deplete the health care resources needed for our people, President Trump said.
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Works for me!
The border debate is won.
After this blows over there can be no argument against clamp down on illegal crossing and maintaining much more stringent security.
The liberals won’t give up easily but this will hurt their arguments on open borders and sanctuary cities and states.
I wonder if this will give added incentive to make faster progress on the Mexico border wall construction...
Who will be the the first “Journalist” calling POTUS Trump a Racist over this?
It sure should but Pelosi will keep fighting it tooth and nail.
I pray we take back The House and get her out of the speakers chair.
Are we really going to shut down our borders to legal trade and stop access to where people live?
It's going to take years for America's and the World's economies to recover. Too many small/medium companies are and will shut their doors. Maybe this IS the apocalypse.
Wish I hadn't sold my guns back to my State government with their buy-back program.
Wish I hadn’t sold my guns back to my State government with their buy-back program.
At least you got to sell yours, I lost all mine when my boat capsized last month.
Yeah, for pennies on the dollar, but now my wife feels safer.
Good questions and though this doesn’t go into detail it does non-essential so I take it that the border isn’t being totally shut down.
FDR had his ‘New Deal’. DJT will have his ‘Amazing, Terrific, New Wall Deal’?
TB and other infectious diseases have been walking across the border for decades.
“All illegals will still be allowed across as they are essential to the functioning of our society” - Schumer, probably
This should have been done 60 years ago!
You’re absolutely right.
The Canada US border is also closing to all nonessential travel at midnight tonight. Truck and train traffic will continue. People who have to cross the border for work will still be able to cross.
> FDR had his New Deal. DJT will have his Amazing, Terrific, New Wall Deal?
I like it!! :-)
It’s a good time to build a wall.
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