During a press conference held by President Donald J. Trump Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. border with Mexico if officially closed to all non-essential travelers due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“I also want to announce today that the United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across our shared border,” Pompeo said during a press conference.
“Both our countries know the importance of working together to limit the spread of the virus and to make sure that commerce that supports our economy continues to keep flowing,” he continued.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf provided details on the arrangement.
He said that at midnight Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin returning all illegal aliens to Mexico and Canada, and noted that outbreaks from north and south of our borders could put extra strain on the American healthcare system during a time when it’s expected to be overwhelmed.
After a coming to a mutual agreement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump announced Wednesday that the northern border with Canada would be closed to non-essential travelers.
“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” he said. “Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”
Earlier this week, news media in Canada reported that more than half of their novel coronavirus cases in Ontario could be traced back to the United States, illustrating that open borders have already had deadly effects in North America.
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