Per Yahoo, the United States announced Friday that it has agreed with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel because of the coronavirus outbreak and is planning to repatriate undocumented immigrants arriving from those countries.
President Donald Trump said the moves, reached in agreement with the Mexican and Canadian authorities, were necessary to prevent spreading the virus “to our border agents, migrants, and to the public at large.”
“Those measures we are putting in place will protect the health of all three nations and reduce the incentive of mass global migration,” Trump said at a White House briefing.
CNN reports the Trump administration is limiting nonessential travel on the US-Mexico border and barring migrants illegally crossing the border from entering the US.
Citing the “unscreened” and “unvetted” people who come into the US from the southern border, President Donald Trump said the border would be sealed off “mostly, and even beyond, but mostly during this global pandemic.”
While similar actions are being taken at the US border with Canada, the latest move also seems designed to curb migration to the United States, a pillar of Trump’s immigration agenda.
At the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security will suspend entry of all migrants “seeking to enter the US without proper travel documentation” — for both the northern and southern border, Wolf said Friday.
Migrants who are apprehended at the border will either be quickly removed or repatriated to their origin country, Wolf added. The restrictions will kick in at midnight.
Over recent weeks, Trump has joined countries across the globe in introducing a slate of travel restrictions, which extend from China to Europe’s Schengen Area to the United Kingdom and Ireland, over coronavirus concerns. In a span of a few days, Trump has also moved to largely shutter the US land borders.
The US and Mexico have been coordinating on a plan to restrict nonessential travel across the border. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Friday that both countries agreed to restrict nonessential travel.
Earlier in the day, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said, “After the meetings we have had, very intense and long last two days and nights, what has been achieved is that the measures for reducing the risk of propagation of the virus will not affect the substantive economy activities of Mexico and the United States and of the border region.”