expelled under coronavirus powers
The US-Mexico border: thousands of immigrants expelled under Corona Virus surveillance
Authorities say the United States has deported 6,300 undocumented immigrants to their border with Mexico, using emergency measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Public health conditions on March 21 allowed authorities to replace immigration laws and hasten their expulsion.
Critics said the case is being used as an extension of strict immigration policy.
At the same time, the number of illegal border crossings has been reduced due to restrictions on travel throughout the region.
A public health emergency program published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prohibits access to foreigners who are considered a “major danger” due to the spread of the virus.
This measure, which has been in effect for 30 days, is needed to reduce the spread of disease in crowded places, such as patrol stations or inland harbors, said Robert Redfield, director of the Center for of Disease Control and Prevention. The United States has the largest confirmed infection in the world – more than 460000 – and about 16,500 are killed.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said that since the implementation of the Law on Disease Control and Prevention, the detention limit was reduced by 50%. At least 100 people attended the agency’s observatory, down 97% from about 3,000 people.
Morgan added that 80% of those found at the border had been evacuated within hours, saying the “majority” had been arrested after crossing the border illegally. Most of them are returned to Mexico, while some are returned to their home countries.
In recent years, most of those who want to come to the United States are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, who often say they will not survive poverty and violence.
Taken together, in these countries fewer than 700 cases have been reported by Covid-19 and 32 have been killed, according to Johns Hopkins University, which oversees the worldwide epidemic. Mexico has about 3,400 people and 194 deaths.
Among those who returned through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were children who came to the border alone, and were transferred to the Ministry of Health and Human Services to protect them from violence and abuse. “The disease does not know age,” Morgan said.
However, he rejected criticisms that the health measures are being used to expand immigration policies from the Trump administration. “It is not about immigration but not public health,” he said. “On the application of mitigation and precautionary measures”.
But internal CBP documents published by ProPublica show that access to security such as asylum is effectively blocked, with no credentials other than those who can express “safe” security in torture.
In March, 09,093 people were arrested for trying to cross the border illegally, a decrease of 2577 the previous month, according to the Customs and Border Protection office. Many Latin American countries have closed their borders in an attempt to stop the disease. Last month, the United States closed its borders with Canada and Mexico on unnecessary travel.