US announces extended travel restrictions with Mexico, Canada
The United States, Canada and Mexico will extend restrictions barring nonessential travel across their respective shared borders for another 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration announced Monday.
"As President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE stated last week, border control, travel restrictions and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country," acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Liberal watchdog group files ethics complaint over Boebert's reimbursements Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides MORE said in a statement.
The administration announced in March that it would close the northern and southern borders to most travel unrelated to commerce and trade in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. Officials said at the time that the restrictions would be reviewed after 30 days.
Monday's extension was expected after Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Trudeau lauds Biden: 'It's great to see America reengage' Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president MORE said Saturday that the U.S.-Canada restrictions would remain in place.
President Trump said at the time the restrictions along the southern border were announced that it was intended to “reduce the incentive for a mass global migration that would badly deplete” health care resources in the U.S. Trump has spent the last three years railing against immigrants pouring in from Mexico and pushing for a wall along the border.
Mexico's foreign relations secretariat confirmed the agreement on Monday, tweeting it had been reached "after reviewing the development of COVID-19 propagation in Mexico and [the United States]."
y han acordado extender por 30 días más las restricciones a todo el tránsito terrestre no esencial en su frontera común, tras revisar el desarrollo de la propagación del COVID-19 en México y en aquel país.— Relaciones Exteriores (@SRE_mx) April 20, 2020
The U.S. has significantly more cases than either of its neighbors, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There are more than 760,000 confirmed cases in the U.S., more than 36,000 in Canada and more than 8,000 in Mexico.
Rafael Bernal contributed.