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Trump Administration Considers Turning Back Illegal Border Crossers During Coronavirus Crisis

The Trump administration is considering a plan to turn back all people who cross the border illegally from Mexico because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Two administration officials said Tuesday the president has the power to take such action during a pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak but is still considering whether to do so.

The officials spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the plan hasn’t been announced.

An advocacy group says “the administration is using the pandemic as a pretext to advance its long-term goal of curtailing asylum rights for people fleeing persecution.”

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