The panic and fear related to the virus outbreak has had some unexpectedly good outcomes. One of the them includes state Democrats praising Trump for his decisive action and support. Another might not have been anticipated, but will have long term affects. Because in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Trump is taking action at the border.
Long before anyone in the media cared about the coronavirus, President Trump was taking steps to protect the nation. The fact that relatively few cases are in the United States (compared to other countries) is thanks to Trump’s quick actions. All the way back in January he shut down the border to travelers from China, then Iran.
That move ensured many infected visitors would not reach our shores, spreading the infection far and wide.
This month, he put a temporary halt on travelers from Europe. That 30-day ban would further protect Americans as Europe fought to get the infection under control. These aren’t easy measures and will impact many lives. But there is reason to believe it will slow the spread of the disease, giving us time to fight back.
But there are other ways infected people can enter the country. I’m sure you’re thinking of a great big one, just South of us. Illegal immigrants coming from Mexico can easily spread the virus. It is particularly troubling, when you realize that many of them will be released into the country. COVID-19 might spread to parts mostly untouched, thanks to the flow of migrants from South America.
So, President Trump is preparing an order that will end this problem once and for all.
“The Trump administration plans to immediately turn back all asylum seekers and other foreigners attempting to enter the United States from Mexico illegally, saying the nation cannot risk allowing the coronavirus to spread through detention facilities and border patrol agents.
But under the new rule, set to be announced in the next 48 hours, border patrol agents would immediately return anyone to Mexico — without any detainment and without any due process — who attempts to cross the southwestern border between the legal ports of entry. They would not be held for any length of time in an American facility.”
The decision reduces the danger that the coronavirus will be brought into ICE detention centers by additional migrants. [Source: Breitbart]
Under normal circumstances, this kind of move would bring quick outrage from the left. But something tells me they won’t be too quick to complain, at least right now. Anyone trying to cross the border illegally gets sent to a detention center. You can imagine how easily a virus can spread in those close quarters.
On top of that, many apply for asylum try to stay in America as their case plays out in the courts. That can increase the chances of this thing spreading to others.
Trump’s order is in line with the 1965 immigration act, which gives him power to deny entry of aliens if they are “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” I’d say aliens spreading COVID-19 is a serious detriment to the country, wouldn’t you?
Right now, the only people actively opposing this decision are immigration lawyers. You know, the people who get paid to push for illegal immigration? I doubt they will get much support from other Americans, as we all try to avoid infection over the coming weeks.
This move will further prevent the spread of the virus, as the country treats and reduces cases nationwide.
We know that overtime, the virus will run its course and infections will drop. The strong measures we are taking now can speed up that process, so we can get back to normal faster.
Sending back migrants who might be infected sounds like a no-brainer.