The Trump administration is contemplating a plan to instantly return to Mexico all individuals who cross the southern border illegally due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Two administration officers mentioned Tuesday that the federal government continues to be contemplating whether or not to institute the ban that would come with these who go on to search asylum however would not cowl these who flip themselves in at ports of entry. The officers spoke Tuesday to The Related Press on the situation of anonymity as a result of the plan hasn’t been finalized.

The officers mentioned the president has the authority to take such motion in a pandemic.

The Division of Homeland Safety didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The plan emerged as the primary coronavirus case was confirmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Guatemala additionally took motion to limit deportation flights from the U.S.

The concept being thought of echoes comparable efforts put forth by the administration up to now two years to limit immigration on the border.