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Acting DHS Sec. Wolf: Border Restrictions Over Coronavirus Working

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Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2020 01:35 PM

Both Mexico and Canada agree with the Trump administration's order to extend border restrictions for nonessential travel, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Wednesday, stressing that legitimate commercial trade is continuing.  

"What we have now is a North American solution, which we've had in place for two months," Wolf said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "At the end of the day, the restrictions are working. What we've seen is we've seen both vehicle traffic down, pedestrian traffic down, nonessential traffic keeping down, while keeping that legitimate commercial trade ongoing. We need that for the supply chain, we need that for the economy, so we're very happy about the success that we've had at the border."

The restrictions, which were set to expire Wednesday, have been extended through June 22. 

Meanwhile, Customs and Border Patrol has had to enforce public health restrictions at our Border Patrol facilities across the southwest border, said Wolf. He added that making sure that "COVID and COVID-positive individuals" aren't introduced into Border Patrol facilities is important because it protects the American people, the Department of Homeland Security workforce and people who are in custody. 

"If you go back a year ago, we had over 20,000 migrants in our Border Patrol facilities," said Wolf. "Today we have about 100-150, so being able to manage those individuals, isolate them if we need to, has really just been a game-changer."

Meanwhile, the department is taking a look at a number of non-immigrant, temporary visas that are used to allow foreign students and workers to enter the country, said Wolf.

Wolf also spoke out against California allotting $75 million in coronavirus stimulus money to illegal immigrants, calling it a "terribly dangerous decision to make."

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