Monday, March 30, 2020

Undocumented aliens (ILLEGALS) should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US

People thinking this is a good time to try to get into the United States should think again.
The United States currently has the third highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. Only China and Italy have more. The United States has more than 55,000 cases, with more than 700 deaths, and it is still in the initial phase of the epidemic.
In addition to the risk of getting sick, the U.S. is taking drastic actions that are particularly hard on foreign visitors and undocumented immigrants.
New authority for the CDC director
The focus on fighting the pandemic includes the border.
The Department of Health and Human Services just published an interim final rule — effective immediately — that authorizes the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to suspend the entry of aliens from foreign countries and places he designates.
The director can issue such a suspension when he determines that:
1. By reason of the existence of a communicable disease in a foreign country or place, there is serious danger of the communicable disease being brought into the United States, and
2. This danger would be so increased by admitting people from such a country or place, that a suspension of admitting them into the United States is required in the interest of the public health.
(The term “place” refers to any location specified by the director, including any carrier, and “carrier” means a ship, aircraft, train, road vehicle, or other means of transportation.)
The United States has entered into agreements with Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across shared borders. “Non-essential” means travel that is considered tourism or is recreational in nature.
CBP will no longer detain illegal immigrants apprehended at the border in its holding facilities. It will return them to the country they entered from — Canada or Mexico. If this is not possible, CBP will return them to their country of origin.
According to Mexico’s foreign Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico has only agreed to do this if the illegal crossers being returned are Mexicans or are from Central America.
CBP will take aliens apprehended after making an illegal entry to the nearest port of entry, fingerprint them, and then run their prints through government computer records. If they are not wanted by the police or a government agency, they will be released on the foreign side of the port of entry.
Of course, they can go to another section of the border after they are released and make another illegal entry, but 8 U.S.C. §1325 makes a second illegal entry a felony. The penalty, if convicted, is a fine and/or jail for up to two years.
Read the rest of the story HERE.

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