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New Coronavirus Rules Could Block U.S. Citizens From Entering the Country

Covid and Immigration

Dangers of Covid and Immigration

Along with its harsh and often unjust treatment of immigrants and refugees, the Trump administration is now proposing to put new restrictions on U.S. citizens entering the country legally. The proposed rules would allow border officials to block the entry of U.S. citizens to the United States if those officials suspect the returning citizens might be infected with COVID-19. This new proposal has already created controversy and sparked fears among travelers who may be affected by these restrictions upon their return to the United States. While the rules have not yet been put into place, they could affect the travel plans of Americans for the foreseeable future.

Questions About Constitutional Rights

The wording of the proposed policies indicates that appropriate protections must be included in the new rules to prevent the infringement of constitutional rights. The rules, however, do not include any information about how long citizens can be prevented from entering the United States or what measures would be required to enter the country in the future. Preventing U.S. citizens from entering the country in the interest of public health would create an added burden on these individuals by requiring them to remain outside the country for an indeterminate length of time.

The Value of a New York Immigration Lawyer

For citizens and immigrants alike, seeking the counsel of a qualified and experienced New York immigration lawyer is a good first step toward resolving issues with COVID-19 restrictions, visa overstays, citizenship applications and many other aspects of immigration in the United States. Your attorney can provide you with practical help in protecting your legal rights and ensuring the best outcomes for you and your family. By working with an established New York immigration lawyer, you can put the odds in your favor when dealing with problems during the pandemic and beyond.

The Right Immigration Attorney Makes a Difference

At Oltarsh & Associates, P.C., we offer practical support for immigrants and their families in all areas of immigration law. We work with you to resolve issues with visa overstays, deportation proceedings, applications for citizenship and other aspects of the process. If you need the right help to remain in the United States legally and safely, call our offices today at 212-944-9420 to schedule a free case evaluation with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and your family now and in the future.