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USA extends the closure of the border with Mexico by COVID-19

Washington / United States extended by 30 days the closure of the border with Mexico for non-essential travel and will maintain indefinitely a rule that authorizes the expulsion of immigrants who enter the country without authorization due to land limits, as measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This was confirmed on Tuesday by the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf, in statements released by that office, which brings together several of the agencies in charge of immigration matters.

“Non-essential travel will not be allowed until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe,” said Wolf, who noted that efforts in recent months to limit non-essential steps “have been successful and now is not the time to change. heading ”.

The United States and Mexico agreed to restrict non-essential travel since March 21 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a measure that had previously entered into force on the border with Canada. Both decisions were renewed last April.

According to the information released by DHS, the restriction on the passage from Mexico will be in force until June 22.

On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that they have reached an agreement with the United States to keep their border closed to all traffic considered non-essential until at least June 21.

“We appreciate our collaboration with Mexico and Canada to ensure that North America works together to combat the ongoing global pandemic,” added Wolf.

Extension of restrictions

The official also referred, in another note, to the decision of the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert R. Redfield, to extend the public health restrictions of Title 42 at land borders , until it determines that the serious danger of COVID-19 has ceased.

Covered in that title, the Donald Trump Administration has “expelled”, according to local media, 20,000 immigrants who have crossed without authorization.

“This order has been one of the most important tools the Department has used to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect the American people, frontline DHS officials, and those in their care and custody, from COVID-19.” added the acting secretary, quoted in the statement.

The decision, released by the CDC, details that the extension will take effect at midnight on May 21 and will remain until the director of that agency determines that the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the United States by foreigners “has ceased to be a serious danger to public health ”.

Reacting to the move, Andrea Flores, deputy director of immigration policy for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said in a statement that the president “is hell-bent on exploiting a public health crisis to achieve his goal of long-standing end to asylum at the border. ” (May 20, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
Principalmente el texto habla del...
cierre de fronteras entre EE.UU. y México.
riesgo de la propagación de un virus.
número de inmigrantes que entraron sin autorización a EE.UU.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que...
EE.UU. y México no habían llegado a un acuerdo para cerrar las fronteras.
la frontera de EE.UU. con México seguirá cerrada un mes más.
se autorizan los viajes no esenciales entre EE.UU. y México a partir del día 21 de este mes.
Question 3
Según el texto...
todavía no se permiten los viajes no esenciales entre EE.UU. y México.
los viajes esenciales y no esenciales no se permitirán hasta que no haya peligro de contagio.
no hay ningún tipo de restricción para cruzar la frontera de México con EE.UU.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
la frontera de EE.UU. con Canadá también se mantendrá cerrada para evitar la propagación del virus.
hasta ahora no se había cerrado la frontera de EE.UU. con Canadá.
a partir del 22 de junio la frontera de EE.UU. permanecerá cerrada como medida de seguridad.
Question 5
Según el texto, Wolf...  
dijo que ha llegado el momento de permitir ya los pasos no esenciales.
ha valorado de forma positiva el resultado obtenido por esas limitaciones.
considera que no ha servido de mucho limitar los pasos no esenciales.
Question 6
En el texto se dice que...  
ningún inmigrante cruzó sin autorización la frontera de EE.UU. con México.
esas medidas se han adoptado para evitar la propagación del COVID-19 en América del Norte.
Andrea Flores está totalmente de acuerdo con todas las medidas adoptadas por Trump.
Question 7
Según el vídeo...  
la frontera seguirá abierta para el tránsito de alimentos y medicamentos.
no hay un paso fronterizo en Tijuana.
se permiten los viajes de tipo turístico.
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