The coronavirus pandemic has sounded the death knell for the liberal globalist shibboleth of open borders and minimally restricted legal and illegal migration. The new reality first struck the EU after member states of the hard-hit bloc began unilaterally closing their borders despite pleas from the technocrats in Brussels.
Shortly thereafter, President Trump instituted a travel ban on visitors from the EU, and later the UK, to the USA. Restrictions on travel from other countries such as Iran followed. Trump also ordered stricter measures to be put in place on the US-Mexico border, particularly to prevent illegal immigrants from spreading the coronavirus to US citizens.
Practically all illegals at the border sent back to Mexico
Breitbart now reports that virtually all illegal immigrants apprehended along the southern border are being sent back to Mexico. Previously, such migrants would be held together in processing facilities. During a global pandemic, it is safer for them and for border officials to minimize processing procedures and interpersonal contact. The individuals still undergo screening by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to identify COVID-19 risks.
Migrants illegally entering US thru southern border, to claim asylum, are processed & immediately sent back to Mexico-
Goal is to minimize exposure to alien, agent & US- pic.twitter.com/iJSy7brBt0
— Blanche Victoria (@tammytabby) March 31, 2020
Unaccompanied minors are also being swiftly returned to Mexico if it is deemed safe for them, for example, that they will not fall prey to human traffickers. American border officers are working with the Mexican authorities to return unaccompanied minors to their families in Mexico.
Breitbart notes that, according to the National Border Patrol Council, the number of illegal migrants attempting to cross the border during the coronavirus pandemic has seen a steep decline.
Chinese caught smuggling coronavirus into the USA
Meanwhile, another pandemic-related rationale has been identified to strengthening measures at the nation’s borders. In late 2018, just a year before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Wuhan, China, border officers at Detroit Metro Airport caught a Chinese scientist smuggling various strains of coronavirus into the USA. The coronavirus strains included samples of those that cause Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Sneaky Rats! FBI warned re 'biosecurity risk' from Chinese scientists' research in the US after they intercepted virus samples smuggled in luggage a year before the coronavirus outbreak. https://t.co/gGK661SdHw
— Lawyers505.com (@Lawyers505) March 31, 2020
This was not the only time that Chinese nationals have been caught carrying undeclared virus samples into the USA. Since then, individuals have been caught with undeclared samples of flu viruses and E. coli.
Federal authorities have struggled to tackle the People’s Republic’s “Thousand Talents Plan,” which has established an espionage network throughout American academia and business. Concerns that COVID-19 may have originated from China’s class-4 biological research lab in Wuhan, one of only a handful of labs of that security level and sophistication in the world, remain unsubstantiated.