Monday, March 23, 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today released a "Fact Sheet: DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus." The fact sheet begins:
"In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Working closely and collaboratively, the Department of Homeland Security is part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus.
Additionally, CBP will no longer detain illegal immigrants in our holding facilities and will immediately return these aliens to the country they entered from – Canada or Mexico. Where such a return is not possible, CBP will return these aliens to their country of origin.
These measures will be implemented on March 21, 2020 and will be in place for 30 days, at which point it will be reviewed by both parties.
The U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments are taking necessary action to fight against this pandemic together."
Click the link above for more details and a video of the announcement with President Trump and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.