President Trump’s administration on Friday, March 20, announced that it will be halting all nonessential travel at the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico and northern border with Canada beginning on Saturday to stop the spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
“The introduction and spread of coronavirus in our border patrol and detention facilities presents a serious danger to aliens, our frontline agents and officers, and the American people,” Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf said during a White House press conference. “The Department currently apprehends foreign nationals from over 120 different countries, many of whom fail to carry with them any identity, travel or medical documentation.”
Nonessential travel at the southern and northern border includes tourism and recreational travel. Wolf said the U.S.’s agreement with Canada and Mexico won’t apply to lawful trade or commerce.
“The outbreak on our southern border would likely increase the strain on health systems in our border communities, taking away lifesaving resources from American citizens,” he added. “DHS will aggressively implement new measures to protect the American people and its workforce as needed.”
President Donald Trump said thousands of “unscreened and unvetted and unauthorized entries” would create a perfect storm of the virus to spread and infect border agents, migrants and the public at large.
Meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will “conduct enforcement operations that protect our communities and uphold our laws,” according to Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.
“This means that ICE will continue to prioritize arresting and removing criminal aliens and other aliens who pose a threat to public safety, just as it always has during President Trump’s administration,” he said, reported the Fox News.
He said that some other removal operations will continue with increased precautions to minimize the exposure of agents and those being apprehended.
The agreements were part of the Trump administration’s efforts in response to the virus, which has since escalated into a full-blown global pandemic. Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, President Trump has issued travel bans on all nations that have become epicenters of the CCP Virus like China, Iran and eventually Europe. Still, Border Patrol agents have detained hundreds of Chinese nationals who tried to enter the United States illegally.
As of Friday, the CCP Virus has infected more than 275,000 people and caused 11,376 deaths worldwide. TEvery single state has contributed to the over 16,000 confirmed cases of the CCP Virus and some have contributed to the 210 deaths so far.