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Trump mulls rule to block Americans returning from Mexico if they’re suspected of having virus

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WASHINGTON, DC -- President Trump may allow border agents to stop Americans suspected of having coronavirus from returning to the U.S. from Mexico, the New York Times reported Monday afternoon.

The Trump administration has asked various federal agencies for their input on the proposed new rule within 24 hours, the Times indicated.

It was unclear how quickly the draft regulation might be finalized and put into place.

But if adopted, it would expand the authority of border officials during the pandemic - allowing them to deny both American citizens and legal residents re-entry into the U.S. as they seek to cross back from Mexico.

It would also mark the latest attempt by the administration to seal off the Mexican border, citing virus fears. In March, the administration invoked a public health law to swiftly remove migrants, including children, who are apprehended at the border. That action, including a series of other travel restrictions, has been extended over the course of the pandemic.

Previous travel restrictions imposed by the administration during the pandemic have excluded U.S. citizens and legal residents. For example, the U.S. limited non-essential travel at land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico. Americans cross the borders regularly for a range of reasons, including work, attending school, visiting family and tourism.

Any move targeting U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, in particular, is likely to face legal challenges. In the wake of the Times report Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union immediately dubbed the move "unconstitutional."

"The Trump administration has rolled out one border ban after another — most recently on children and asylum seekers — using Covid-19 as an excuse, while failing abysmally to get the virus under control in the United States," said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, in a statement.

"The rumored order would be another grave error in a year that has already seen far too many," Jadwat added.

The U.S. outpaces other countries in coronavirus cases, including Mexico and Canada, which have 480,278 and 122,053 cases, respectively.

(The CNN wire contributed to this report).

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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53 Comments

  1. The orange buffoon doesn’t even believe the virus is serious and he has denied the seriousness of it since it left China. Now all of a sudden this idiot is concerned about the virus. I think he just wants to add to the chaos he’s created on the border.

    1. It’s fake news buffoon markturner. President Trump mentioned the virus way before the Democraps back on February 4th during the SOTU address. The Democraps were too busy trying to impeach him and Pelosi was too busy tearing up the SOTU address. They didn’t care about the virus. Of course he is concerned about the virus moron. He wears a face mask now. BTW – The border looks great. No open borders, more walls/barriers, no free healthcare to illegals and more illegals being denied asylum and deported. 65% of Americans are against illegal immigration. The President has done great job dong what real Americans want for this country not what some moronic fascist communist like you wants.

      1. US Intelligence, the CDC, and the WHO warned the orange buffoon in early January that it would soon be here. The orange buffoon disregarded this intel and downplayed it as he now continues to do. The man is guilty of criminal malfeasance in office. You know it, I know it, and everybody in the country knows it.

        1. You are so full of crap as usual. Didn’t the Democraps starting Pelosi disregard it too? They were too busy trying to impeach the President. You need some serious meds for that TDS. It will be worse on November 4.

    1. The border isn’t shut. It isn’t going to be shut. There’s food that crosses daily from Mexico, plus the auto industry relies on parts from Mexico to assemble vehicles in the US. Auto industry jobs and food are not “feels”, they’re a part of the economy. Sounds like they’ll just look for people that show symptoms.

      1. Gee stevie. Where were you when the demoKKKrats wanted the border and the COUNTRY shut down?
        Oh yea, I forgot, In your basement hiding. Meanwhile, illegals get to cross without being checked for the virus. Idiot.

    2. armypilot if we shut the borders you wont eat, your kids will raise themselves, your parents will shit in their pants and get a sore. LOL. armypilot is the classic example of a white useless white man.

      1. Classic case of someone that needs other people to do stuff for them.
        I raised my kids and now their gone, no way in hell would my parents live in this mediocre town, I grow my own vegetables, and brew my own beer.
        You’re just another useless human that is polluting the gene pool.

  2. Lock the border down and let them figure out how to survive without the help of the US. Since they are so fu*king great, let them figure it out. Don’t blow smoke up our ass and call it a light wind from the south. The hell with all illegals. Let the dark x president explain how he let things go so out of hand with the chaos he created by trying to let every illegal come here without merit. Only LEGAL immigrants allowed. Period. That goes for ALL nations that have something bad to say about Americans. Including turners nazi comrades. He can go back to germany anytime he wants. And take alberto pedo muerto with him. One and the same.

      1. You mean the same American citizens getting the COVID19 in Mexico and coming back overtaxing our medical resources and adding to the virus stats. El Paso is bad enough but look at that Rio Grande Valley area.

        1. The orange buffoon can take no action to keep citizens or resident aliens from crossing the border back into the US. Its a legal impossibilty. Quit talking about it.

        1. Dumbass markturner aka Alberto Velarde hasn’t crossed the border in 30 years or more. He doesn’t even have a U.S. Passport or Citizenship Card. I bet he misses the zona roja where he was born. LMAO.

          1. I made seven trips across the border and back last week and will be going back this morning.

    1. Sounds like you didn’t read the article. Either that or you slammed 6 Red Bulls and had to go on a xenophobic rant. You have no clue how much goods cross in both directions daily, do you?

      1. Oh look it’s the mean sarcastic drunk Steve. Hey moron you don’t get the COVID19 from food or car parts. What an idiot. Actually I do know about commercial border operations you effing idiot. My company used to support the Johnson & Johnson twin plants aka maquilas. The up to two hour wait coming back across the border wasn’t fun. Your problem is you assume but don’t know jack shit. Now GFY!

      2. Lock it down stevie. And hope you are over there when he does. The only greater good to me is AMERICANS back to work and for then to receive the bounty of their hard work. White, black, Hispanic, Asian etc. If you are an American and love this country, go back to work. Continue making this country great again. That’s who I am stevie. Not hiding in my basement. Even though its my MAN cave.

          1. Look whose talking. You aren’t even real you sicko. Just a demented and delusional figment of dumbass Alberto’s psycho imagination. Your gig was up along time ago. Give it up.

          2. My outlook is on a Free America for Americans that love it. Not puss*es that hide in their basement or pretend to be concerned about illegals running all over the place. It is your delusional mind that is warped to the max. Never fought for your country. Never was in law enforcement. You don’t know the meaning of serving this country. Just a marxist wanna be that doesn’t even know that he is one.

    2. There is no way to shut the border. Anyway thats not what this article is about. Its about the idiot orange buffoon wanting to refuse re-entry to American citizens which he cannot do.

  3. Feo and MierDave just don’t get it. The Border bridges will never shut down unless war is declared between Canada, Mexico, and the US. What we should shut down is Restaurants, Bars, and Churches. Fine all the idiots not following Covid19 guidelines and arrest the rest. People just don’t care about others. It is just ME, ME,ME and MY, MY MY rights, mine, mine. Constitutional rights bullshit is not worth 2 cents when there is a National Emergency. During WW2 there was Victory Gardens, and Everything was Rationed, but no one bitched about Constitutional rights they just did what was good for the Country overall. Now it’s a bunch of Idiots throwing tantrums and crying about what is theirs. Grow up people and do what is right not what feels good to you.

    1. Really uxcrement? Did you miss earlier this year when it was shut down temporarily? Your stinking shut downs were worthless. Did not stop the virus in the least. Just delayed it. demoKKKrats knew this. Hurt the US just to win the presidency is their goal and obviously yours. To traitors like you the Constitution is worthless. And all you have to do to avoid freedom is to move to venezuela. You should feel good there instead of you crying about made up BS. No one was shut down during Victory Gardens fool. They were out working and still got rationed. If we were not working there would be no rations pendejo. Were we supposed to get the rations from Japan or your country germany? Interesting when enormous fools like you try to explain history without even knowing how to spell.

  4. You want to go to restaurants and feed your face along with other strangers? Too bad. Get off your ass and fix you something to eat. Want to go to a bar? Tough shit. Get drunk at home. Want to go to church? Open the Bible at home and pray all you want. God doesn’t know if you are praying at home or in a building with statues of saints and doesn’t care. Faith is faith whether you are praying in a fox hole or a church. Shut it all down and wait for a vaccine. Meanwhile stop whining and follow the rules like everybody else.

    1. Again. Really pendejo? Who the hell is going to provide for Americans that can’t afford to buy groceries cause they can’t work? You? Yes comrade uxcrement. We’ll oby your assinine rules. I think the Jew survivors of the concentration camps have heard that before. Shut up and stop whining as you go to the gas chambers. Meanwhile your nazi friends gathered up all the goods they had then took their lives. Even their hair and teeth. That is your vision of America. Your faith is marxism. You kiss its ass like if it was going out of style. Which it is. That is your foolish religion.

      1. Your misguided and idiotic opinion full of clear and persistent lies and lacking the simplest fact about present and past America is duly noted. It will be put in the appropriate bin of Garbage to be thrown out as soon as possible. Rewrite History all you want but only the Nazi Right Wings will read it. Send your notes to Trump, he will use them on his next press conference, Idiota!

        1. It is you u xrement that wants to rewrite history to your stupid ideas. Throw out the truth all you want. It will still come back and bite you in the arse.

      2. You need to get a dictionary and look up the definitions of marxism and socialism. Your misuse of these two words is part of why your arguments have no validity.

      3. NADODAVE IS A CONFUSED le WITH NO EDUCATION. UN PENDEJO. BUT HAS ENOUGHT BRAINS TO WRITE A TICKET. A GOVERNMENT PUPPET. HIS FAMILY IS JUST AS STUPID. BELIEVE ME. BOLITA DE PENDEJOS. LOS MANEJAN COMO PENDEJOS. POBRE HIJA.

  5. Your Nazi simpleton of a president is supposed to *take care of the people.* Instead he has betrayed the American people with his asinine denials about a Deadly virus. Ask him what a family without a job is supposed to do. It is his fault they have no job or money to survive since he turned a blind eye to a National Emergency and pretended it would all go away. You, like your ass of a president keep pretending that there is nothing to see. Open it all up! Sure, and add another 60k dead Americans. He got us into this mess, now he has to get us out of it at least until early next year when the grownups show up and fix this mess he has created. BIDEN/HARRIS2020. FUCKTRUMP And his TRUMP BUNCH!

  6. Oh, and your comparison of a Shut Down to Jews dying in gas chambers is the most pitiful and obscene observation and a low of lowest even for a Right Wing Brainwashed piece of work such as yourself. Slap on a Nazi emblem on your foul face and go out in public see how fast your old Racist ass is slammed to the ground. Viejo Perrodo!

  7. LOCK IT DOWN SO WHITE KIDS RAISE THEMSELVES, WHITE OLD FOLKS DROWN IN THEIR SHIT, WHITE MEN ARE USELESS. LOL. THEY ARE FIGHING FOR STATURE THAT THEY CAINT SUPPORT. CANT EVEN KEEP THEIR WIVES HAPPY AND FULLFILLED. BLACK MEN HAD TO STEP IN. NOT GOOD WHITE BOYS.

  8. TRUMP IS DONE. AN AMERICAN ALL TIME IDIOT AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE WORSE. A DRAFT DODGER FOLLOWED BY THOUSANDS. WE HAVE AN IDIOT BORN EVERY 15 SECONDS. WE HAVE LIKE 7 HERE IN TOWN. MADMIKE, K1DPR JEFF ALLEN, JAMESBEN, UVACOWBOY, GEE DUBB, NADOMENSO, ETC.

  9. Don’t think he can do that, deny US citizens the right to return. LPR’s (Legal Residents) maybe. US citizens could maybe be put into a quarantine, but not flat out denied entry.

  10. The ONLY thing Trump can do is SHUT his big mouth and wait for Mr. Biden to try and fix this mess he created. This incompetent All American Bigot and Dumb as a Rock imbecile has made of mess of everything he ever managed going way back to his Atlantic City bankruptcies. How in the hell has America become such a hot mess. Ask Trump and his Gang, McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, Cruz, Medows, Kudlow, and Bobblehead Pence. This whole gang of Yes Men will have to live with themselves for creating the Trump Monster.

    1. Biden won’t fix jack. He is too senile for one. He will be in an Alzheimer’s nursing home before November. Blame your Democrat politicians for pushing pork and B.S. in the stimulus bill over the welfare of Americans. BTW – You are truly an idiot!

  11. uxcrement and alberto pedo muerto stroking themselves with their mental incapacities and of course drugs. They really are delusional bending facts, profaning peoples families and friends and think they really are saying something when they are meaningless to Americans. We just support them because we believe in FREEDOM of SPEECH which is what they want to take away but fail miserably. Their baseless rants impress no one. Two of the biggest failures of the EPISD. pedo muerto didn’t even make out of daycare. They threw IT out for eating his own feces. uxcrement is nothing but a hypocritical wanna be Hispanic one day, then white the other and sometimes feins he is black. All races reject him.

    1. You are so funny, Viejo Loco. Don’t forget to wash out your mouth with Soap and then say something that won’t stink to high Heaven. Stick to talking points instead of Ad Hominem attacks.

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