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American Migrants Stalled By Viral Quarantines

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American Migrants Stalled By Viral Quarantines

April 07
01:22 2020

One way to slow down mass migrations is to have a pandemic. Nations around the world are tightening their borders both to keep people in and keep people out – and immigrants are stuck with one back against a wall.

March 18, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his team plans to invoke a law that authorizes the Secretary of Health “in consultation with” the Surgeon General to define classes of aliens who are ineligible for visas or admission based on certain criteria.

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Article 1, Section A, Subsection iii, Subsubsection I (seriously) states that it’s legal to bar any undocumented person seeking entry into the United States who is determined “to have a physical or mental disorder and behavior associated with the disorder that may pose, or has posed, a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others.”

In declaring it a pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) established that the COVID-19 novel coronavirus constitutes a physical disorder that threatens the safety or welfare of others. Therefore, the present situation falls under this law.

Trump said swift action will be taken to deport migrants or those seeking asylum who attempt to make an illegal border crossing to further slow the spread of the new strain of the respiratory illness.

There are no plans to stop traffic flowing in and out of the nation’s border with Mexico at this time, according to Trump:

“We’re not going to close it, but we are invoking a certain provision that will allow us great latitude as to what we do.”

No confirmed positive cases have yet been reported along the Arizona-Mexico border but Tucson, Arizona, and Hermosillo, Sonora, the two largest cities in the region separated by 250 miles of north-to-south interstate highway, confirmed new cases in the past week.

Halting immigrants on health and safety grounds is bad news for the hundreds of foreigners outside the U.S. who have applied for legal asylum. Up until now, it has taken as long as four months for U.S. asylum officials in Nogales, Arizona, to work their way through the thousands of prior applications and petitions for aid.

Still unresolved is where to send deported illegals around border agents apprehend them? Diplomatic problems with Mexico and expensive lawsuits could arise from returning them to the southern side of the U.S. border.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested some 30,000 migrants who tried unsuccessfully to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico in February, up slightly compared to the previous month.

In Mexico, Mexican national guardsmen armed in riot gear, holding shields side-by-side to make a human phalanx, and wielding batons arrested hundreds of migrants from Central American countries near the town of Frontera Hidalgo in southern Mexico. Security forces encircled the migrants and herded them aboard buses to deport them.

Further south, on March 17, the Guatemalan government put a temporary hold on an agreement between that country and the U.S. and began refusing flights from the U.S. relocating undocumented Central Americans. Their reason, too, is to staunch the spread of COVID-19 across international lines.

The conservative officials in Guatemala just said no mas (“no more”) to accepting more asylum-seekers returned under the Asylum Cooperative Agreement. To date, under the accord, Guatemala has received over 930 Hondurans and Salvadorans, including 357 children, who were deported from the U.S.

After serving lunch on Thursday, March 12, the biggest kitchen on the Colombian border feeding Venezuelan refugees and migrants shut down until the following Monday to comply with the Columbian government’s response to contain the coronavirus. The Casa de Paso La Divina Providencia (Spanish for “The House on Divine Providence Street”) serves up 8,000 meals daily, on average.

In Columbia, assemblies of more than 500 people have been banned. On the Simón Bolívar bridge that connects Colombia and Venezuela, loudspeakers remind everyone that they are the first line of defense against COVID-19. Anyone who has traveled recently to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ecuador or the United States is duty-bound to turn themselves in to authorities without delay.

To the north, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the U.S. president’s reaction to halting the contagion by closing their shared border to “non-essential traffic.”

Ken Cuccinelli, acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), indicated that hundreds of people have been turned back from both borders. Some 300 foreigners have been barred from entering from Canada under the U.S. travel restrictions that ban travelers who had visited China or Iran within 14 days.

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