CDC extends migration blockage order at the U.S. land borders due to COVID-19 threats

Aug. 4, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, that temporarily suspends the introduction of certain noncitizens, regardless of their country of origin.

The potential danger of COVID-19 spread is increased by the introduction of these noncitizens and why a temporary suspension is necessary to protect the public health. Unaccompanied noncitizen children, already excepted under a July 16, 2021 order, remain excepted from the order’s coverage.

CDC is continuing to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the U.S. borders and ports of entry, looking at the risks of transmission and spread of COVID-19 in congregate settings, such as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol stations, as well as the threat from emerging variants and the availability of testing, vaccination and other mitigation measures.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and our risk assessment changes, CDC will reassess the existing Order.  CDC will review the latest information regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health risks every sixty days to ensure that the Order remains necessary to protect the public health.

This order was issued on August 2, 2021 and shall remain in effect until the CDC Director determines that the danger of further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States from covered noncitizens has ceased to be a serious danger to the public health, and the Order is no longer necessary to protect the public health. The order replaces the October 13, 2020 order previously issued under this authority.

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