One of the core tenets of President Trump’s campaign was to drastically reduce illegal immigration to the United States.
Even during the current coronavirus outbreak climate, the President appears to have no plans to back down on his promises. Trump’s administration has plans to shut the border to anyone that does not have permission to enter the United States, including asylum seekers.
Take a look at what’s being said:
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration is considering a plan to shut the U.S. border with Mexico and Canada as soon as this week to asylum seekers and other foreigners who don’t have permission to enter the country, people familiar with the plan said.
Under the plan, the administration would keep ports of entry open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreigners with legal permission to enter the country. Foreigners covered by President Trump’s existing travel restrictions on China and Europe are already not permitted to enter at either of the U.S.’s land borders.
Migrants crossing the southern border between legal ports of entry, including those claiming asylum, would be swiftly returned to Mexico by the U.S. Border Patrol.
The administration plans to use a provision of public-health law that allows immigration officials to deny entry to foreigners who pose a risk of spreading infectious diseases, the people familiar with the plan said.
The government is expected within the next two days to publish a rule that would take immediate effect. It wouldn’t require congressional approval, though it could face legal challenges, like many of Mr. Trump’s immigration policies.
“The president is 100% focused on protecting the American people from the coronavirus, and all options are on the table,” said Heather Swift, spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, in a statement. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees public health laws, didn’t return a request for comment.
Check out the video of the President's press conference: