March 20, 2020

Trump Admin Restricts Non-Essential Travel To Mexico, Migrants Without Proper Papers Will Face ‘Immediate Return’

Th U.S. has reached a deal with Mexico to restrict non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed during Friday’s coronavirus press briefing at the White House. The news comes just one day after the Trump administration and Canada mutually agreed to close the Northern border.

The State Department issued a level 4 travel advisory to urge U.S. citizens to refrain from traveling abroad Thursday. Under the warning, U.S. citizens currently traveling abroad “should arrange for immediate return to the United States unless they’re prepared to remain abroad for an extended time,” Pompeo said.

As for migrant flows coming across the Southern border into the U.S., Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said that all individuals without proper papers will be sent back to their home countries. Migrants who come to the U.S. without those documents, he said, make it difficult to determine any health conditions, which would pose a potentially significant risk to Americans.

“Many of these individuals arrive with little or no identity travel or medical documentation, making public health risk determinations all but impossible.” Wolf said, “It’s also important to note that the outbreak on our Southern border would likely increase the strain on health systems in our border communities, taking away important and lifesaving resources from American citizens.”

As for trade, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assured the public that there wouldn’t be any disruptions in the supply chains.”Essential commercial activities will not be impacted. We will continue to maintain a strong and secure economic supply chain across our borders,” the Acting Secretary explained.

The Northern and Southern border restrictions will go into effect this Saturday.