Donald Trump considers blocking entry to the United States for US citizens and legal residents returning from coronavirus hotspots
- Federal officials have been asked to submit their views on a plan
- The proposal could see U.S. citizens and legal residents blocked from returning to states
- The draft memory was taken from The New York Times
- The memo says the rules would apply “only in the rarest of circumstances”
- They will be used ‘when required in the public interest’
Donald Trump is considering a new proposal that would prevent American citizens and legal residents from returning to the United States if it is believed they could be infected with the coronavirus.
Many countries have already set travel restrictions, and some have closed their borders, but most allow their citizens to return.
Federal agencies have been asked to respond to the proposal in the White House by Tuesday, the New York Times reported on Monday.
Donald Trump, pictured Monday, reportedly considering a proposal to restrict the entry of citizens and legal residents
The plan would see US citizens barred from entering the country by COVID hotspots
The United States currently bans entry from Brazil, China, Europe and the United Kingdom, except for lawful residents and citizens.
New Zealand does not allow anyone but citizens to return from anywhere – and citizens must enter a government hotel for quarantine.
Japan, since April, has blocked permanent and long-term residents from returning. Citizens can still enter.
Under the new proposal, which relies on the existing legal authorities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government can block a citizen or legal resident from crossing the border into the United States if an official reasonably believes that individual can have been exposed to or infected with a contagious disease ‘.
The draft, parts of which were taken from The Times, clearly states that any order blocking citizens and legal residents must “include adequate protections to ensure that the rights of the Constitution are not violated.”
And he says that citizens and lawful residents cannot be blocked as a whole class of people.
Cars line up to cross US-Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego
The president has not yet made a decision on the plan, which will have a major impact
The documents do not specify how long a citizen or legal resident would be required to stay outside the United States.
The petition states that the ban on the entry of American citizens or lawful residents from abroad would apply “only in rare cases”, and “when required in the public health interest, and be limited in duration”.
The rule will have dramatic consequences for the southern border, where U.S. citizens and legal residents often cross into Mexico and return.
Canada closed its border with the United States on March 21, and only Canadian citizens can cross.