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May 25, 2020

United States Extends Border Closures

On May 19, the Trump administration announced the extension of the closure of the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico land borders until June 22.

According to USA Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said, “The president has made it clear that we must continue to keep legitimate, commercial trade flowing while limiting those seeking to enter our country for non-essential purposes.” Wolf noted essential travel, including medical purposes, to attend educational institutions, for emergency response/public health purposes, and lawful cross-border trade, would not be effected. Canada and Mexico had agreed to the extension, which has not impacted air, rail, or sea travel.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decision was part of a mutual agreement, saying the 30-day extension was “the right thing” to do in order to contain the COVID-19 virus.