DONALD Trump may ban US citizens and permanent residents from reentering the country from COVID hotspots, reports say.
Many nations have implemented travel restrictions or closed their borders but the majority allow their own citizens to return home during the coronavirus crisis.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that federal agencies were asked to provide feedback on the proposal to the White House by Tuesday, August 11.
The USA currently bans entry from countries Brazil, China, Europe, and the UK – but legal residents and citizens are exempt.
In New Zealand, only citizens are allowed back from other counties and they have to quarantine in a government-run hotel.
Japan has prevented permanent and long-term residents from coming back to the country since April but citizens can still reenter.
Canada shuttered its United States border March 21 and only Canadian citizens can cross to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
The latest proposal is based on existing legal authorities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It means the Feds could block a citizen or legal resident from coming over US borders if an official “reasonably believes that the individual either may have been exposed to or is infected with the communicable disease.”
The Times obtained the draft memo, which stated that any order blocking citizens and legal permanent residents must adhere to the Constitution.
It has to “include appropriate protections to ensure that no Constitutional rights are infringed,” stipulating that citizens and legal residents can’t be blocked as a class of people.
It doesn’t specify how long these individuals would have to stay away from America.
The memo said it would only apply “in the rarest of circumstances … when required in the interest of public health, and be limited in duration.”
Meanwhile, the government has highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic “continues to affect countries differently” in its August 6 travel advisory.
“Challenges to any international travel at this time may include mandatory quarantines, travel restrictions, and closed borders,” it read.
“Foreign governments may implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously low risk.
“If you choose to travel internationally, your trip may be severely disrupted, and it may be difficult to arrange travel back to the United States.”