The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended Title 42 public health restrictions at the borders until such time that CDC determines the serious danger from COVID-19 has ceased.
DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said the order has been one of the most critical tools the Department has used to prevent the further spread of the virus and to protect the American people, DHS frontline officers, and those in their care and custody from COVID-19.
“Border security is homeland security,” said Wolf in a further statement on non-essential travel. “Our efforts over the last several months to limit non-essential travel have been successful and now is not the time to change course. 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. Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure.”
Wolf said Canadian and Mexican counterparts also agree that extending the restrictions is prudent at this time.