United States Government Strengthens Border Security Measures at the to Prevent Further Spread of the Coronavirus
March 20, 2020: United States President Donald Trump announced today that the United States has reached mutual agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders.
As part of this agreement, persons who illegally enter into the United States will be expeditiously removed, as the facilities in which illegal migrants would normally be held cannot support quarantine for the time needed to assess potential cases.
Trade and business travel will continue to operate across our borders, ensuring workers and goods are not impeded.
Chad Wolf Acting Secretary of Homeland Security said, “Tonight, at midnight, we will execute the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order by immediately returning individuals arriving without documentation to Canada, Mexico, as well as a number of other countries without delay.” He added that individuals would be sent back to Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala “very quickly, not the six or seven days we now have, it will be much more rapid.”
The United States Embassy in San Salvador urges all people who are considering the journey to the U.S. southern border to reconsider the futility of this effort. You will not be able to enter the United States. This dangerous journey has been made even more dangerous given the current global health pandemic, COVID-19.
For more information on the increased border security measures, visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-taking-necessary-safety-measures-border-prevent-spread-coronavirus/
Joint Statement on US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/20/joint-statement-us-mexico-joint-initiative-combat-covid-19-pandemic