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Trump Ends Non-Essential Travel Across U.S.-Mexico Border


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The Trump administration on Friday announced sweeping new travel restrictions between U.S. and Mexico in the latest step by the administration to curb the spread of the coronavirus -- halting non-essential travel and moving to turn back any illegal immigrants trying to enter the country.

"The United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across our shared border," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a White House press briefing.

Moments later, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced that the Center for Disease Control has directed DHS to "suspend the introduction of all individuals without proper documentation" into the U.S. from both the north and southern borders.

He said the restrictions will go into place at midnight tonight, and that anyone caught entering the country illegally would immediately be returned to Mexico, Canada or a number of other countries from where they have originated. The restrictions come amid fears that a wave of migration could bring disease and overwhelm the American healthcare system.

This will not affect trade between the two countries officials reiterated during the briefing.