DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus

DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus

The United States has reached agreements with Canadian and Mexican officials to limit all non-essential cross border traffic in order to deter further spread of coronavirus. The Department of Homeland Security has been part of the North American team to work collaboratively with all government entities to stop the spread of COVID-19

Customs and Border Protection says it will no longer detail illegal immigrants in U.S. holding facilities, but will immediately return these people to the country from which they entered, whether it be Canada or Mexico. If such a return is not possible, CBP will return them to their country of origin.

This plan began on March 21, and was originally in place for 30 days, subject to reevaluation and further extension in light of the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 20, these measures were extended for an additional 30 days and, on May 19, these measures were once again extended until June 22.

The U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments are taking necessary action to fight against this pandemic together.

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.

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