Forget Muslim Ban; Trump Considering American Ban

Coronavirus metaphor

As The New York Times reports:

President Trump is considering new immigration regulations that would allow border officials to temporarily block American citizens and legal permanent residents from returning to the United States from abroad if authorities believe they may be infected with the coronavirus.

In recent months, Mr. Trump has imposed sweeping rules that ban entry by foreigners into the United States, citing the risk of allowing the virus to spread from hot spots abroad. But those rules have exempted two categories of people attempting to return: American citizens and non-citizens who have already established legal residence.

Now, a draft regulation would expand the government’s power to prevent entry by citizens and legal residents in individual, limited circumstances. Federal agencies have been asked to submit feedback on the proposal to the White House by Tuesday, though it is unclear when it might be approved or announced…

…The documents appear not to spell out how long a citizen or legal resident would be required to remain outside of the United States. [Pols emphasis]

With more than 5 million coronavirus cases and 163,000 deaths, no country on the planet has done a worse job of containing COVID-19 than the good old U-S-of-A. If Trump goes ahead with this cockamamie idea, you can probably guess what happens next…other countries are going to stop allowing Americans across their borders altogether.

There are 84 days left until Election Day.


3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    A variety of nations already have closed their borders to most American citizens, allowing "essential travel." Others require a 14 day quarantine, a negative coronavirus test, or both.

  2. itlduso says:

    Great new Biden ad:  Trump didn't build a wall, the world built one around us.  It shows Trump saying how he'll build the wall on the Mexican border, while instead, a map of the world labels all the countries in red that refuse entry to Americans.

    It is truly strange to think that we cannot travel almost anywhere in the world right now.  Fortunately for myself, it just cramps my vacation style.  I feel for those who have family, business, etc. outside of the country.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      I've been wanting to take my mother to Ireland to visit some old family places.  We couldn't do it last summer as she was wrapping up her chemotherapy.  It isn't going to happen this summer.  We talked about the trip this morning but I'm coming to the conclusion this isn't going to happen at all.  

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