North American Border Closures Extended

Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 2:48pm
Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 9:42am

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it is keeping the southwestern border with Mexico closed to nonessential travel.  

The border closure that started two months ago will now go into late June, according to a Homeland Security Department announcement.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to keep their shared boundaries closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Trump administration also extended indefinitely its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health protocol Title 42, the rule that allows it to bypass regular detention of apprehended immigrants who cross the border illegally and immediately deport them. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct the time frame for Title 42.

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