WASHINGTON (Reuters 03/17/2020) - The United States plans to turn back all asylum seekers and most other foreigners
attempting to enter the United States from Mexico illegally, arguing the step is necessary to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus, according to U.S. media reports on Tuesday.
The new rule, which is expected to be announced in the next 48 hours, would allow border patrol agents to immediately return to Mexico anyone who tries to cross the southwestern border between legal ports
of entry without detainment or due process, the New York Times reported.
Ports of entry will remain open to commercial traffic
and to U.S. citizens as well as people with green cards and other foreigners with proper documentation, the Times reported, citing administration officials.
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