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Border Travel Restriction in Effect Until June 22

-Editorial

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States announced that temporary travel restrictions with Mexico and Canada have been extended through June 22, 2020. The restrictions first went into effect on March 21. There is still no announcement if the restrictions will be extended to July but it might be a possibility.

The travel restrictions could be extended to July if both countries agreed to do so. Only “essential travel” is allowed to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S., and also for individuals traveling for medical purposes, individuals traveling to work in the U.S., individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade and individuals traveling for military-related purposes.

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 announced they no longer detain illegal immigrants in their 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.

In a joint statement, the U.S. and Mexican governments recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare, and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day.

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