/ Modified may 21, 2020 4 p.m.

North American border closures extended to June

The closure to nonessential travel started two months ago to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it is keeping the southwestern border with Mexico closed to nonessential travel.

The border closure that started two months ago will now go into late June, according to a Homeland Security Department announcement.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to keep their shared boundaries closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Trump administration also extended indefinitely its Centers for Disease Control health protocol Title 42, the rule that allows it to bypass regular detention of apprehended immigrants who cross the border illegally and immediately deport them.

CORRECTION: This version of the story corrects the time frame for the extension of Title 42.

Fronteras Desk
Fronteras Desk is a KJZZ project covering important stories in an expanse stretching from Northern Arizona deep into northwestern Mexico.
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