11 August 2020 at 12:17 AM EDT
The White House looks at the plan to keep citizens and lawful residents away from the virus
White House officials have circulated a proposal that would give U.S. border authorities the extraordinary ability to block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from entering the country from Mexico if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, according to two administration officials and a person familiar with the plans.
It is unclear whether the Trump administration has the legal authority to block citizens and permanent residents from returning to their country, but an official said the administration is weighing a public health emergency statement that would allow the White House to hold out potentially infected Americans.
from Chelsea Janes, Brady Dennis, Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey