As a coronavirus (COVID-19) protection measure, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ordered that illegal immigrants who are caught at the US-Mexico border shall be immediately returned to Mexico rather than detained. And so far, it’s working beautifully.
The measure, which is authorized under the Public Health Act, went into effect on Friday, March 20. The Department of Homeland Security indicated that illegal crossings had already gone down by 50% on the first day, and referred to the new policy as a “major win for the country,” according to a report by the Washington Times.
The decree also closes US borders to all traffic apart from those deemed essential, and it also applies to the Canadian border.
Illegal immigrants pose a particular public health hazard because they are usually not carrying any identification or medical history documents. And once they are placed in detention, “social distancing” becomes an impossibility, and it puts other detainees – as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and facility staff – at risk of being exposed to the virus.
Amnesty International has objected to the decision, however, claiming that the border closure will prevent refugees from entering the US and endanger children who are travelling without a parent. “This is cruel, short-sighted, and opportunistic,” Charanya Krishnaswami of Amnesty International said. “Every person has the right to seek safety. Full stop.”
The issue of stopping illegal immigrants has become a contentious issue since President Trump’s election in 2016, with Democrats doing everything in their power to try to keep the borders open. We are continually told that closing the borders to illegals is impossible, or else that it will cause irreparable economic damage to the country.
It seems that it’s been done now, however, and the effect so far has been a definite positive for ordinary American citizens, who are now safer. So the question becomes, if it’s really this easy, why isn’t this the way things are all the time?