US expell migrants due to COVID-19
Over 6,300 undocumented migrants were expelled along the US southwestern border with Mexico since March 21, as the US government began implementing a series of restrictions to contain the spread of the pandemic at the border.
Among the measures taken due to the pandemic, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) in the US also temporarily suspended the social visits in detention centres to avoid contagion.
US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on March 13. Trump recently claimed that under the current circumstances he has total authority: “But the authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total,” he said after a coalition of governors announced regional plans for reopening their states.
Many of the essential jobs during the pandemic in the US, such as cleaning, cooking, driving, delivery or farmwork, are performed by migrants.