Donald Trump is considering blocking entry into the United States for U.S. citizens and legal residents returning from coronavirus hotspots
- Federal officials have been asked to present their thoughts on a plan
- The proposal could block US citizens and legal residents from returning to the states
- The draft memo was received by The New York Times
- The memo states that the rules would apply “only in the rare circumstances”
- They would be used “when necessary in the public interest”
Donald Trump is considering a new proposal that would prevent US citizens and legal residents from returning to the United States, if they are thought to be infected with coronavirus.
Many countries have already put travel restrictions in place, and some have closed their borders, but most allow their own citizens to return.
Federal agencies have been asked to provide feedback on the White House proposal by Tuesday, the New York Times reported on Monday.
Donald Trump, pictured on Monday, is said to be considering a proposal to restrict entry to citizens and legal residents
The plan would prevent US citizens from entering the country from COVID hotspots
Currently, the United States bans access from Brazil, China, Europe and the United Kingdom, with the exception of legal residents and citizens.
New Zealand does not allow anyone other than citizens to return anywhere – and citizens must enter a government hotel for quarantine.
Japan has been blocking permanent and long-term residents from returning since April. Citizens can still enter.
Under the new proposal, which is based on existing legal authorities in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government can prevent a citizen or legal resident from crossing the border into the United States if an official reasonably believes that the individual may have either been exposed or infected. of the infectious disease. ‘
The draft, parts of which were obtained by The Times, explicitly states that all provisions blocking citizens and legal permanent residents must “include appropriate protections to ensure that no constitutional rights are violated.”
And it says that citizens and legal residents can not be blocked like a whole class of people.
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The president will not yet make a decision on the plan, which would have a huge impact
The documents do not specify how long a citizen or legal resident would need to stay outside the United States.
The draft memorandum states that the ban on the introduction of US citizens or legal residents from abroad would apply “only in rare circumstances” and “when required in the public health interest and be limited in duration.”
The rule would have dramatic consequences for the southern border, where U.S. citizens and legal residents often cross into Mexico and back.
Canada closed its border with the United States on March 21, and only Canadian citizens can cross.