BORDER/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Using our emergency public health authorities, we prevented a coronavirus catastrophe on the southern border, shutting down human smuggling and swiftly returning the crossers — we call them ‘crossers.’ They cross now, and we bring them right back. In the old days, it would take years to get them back. They wouldn’t get them back. Other administrations, like the previous administration, essentially didn’t bring them back.

Without these public health measures, the southern border would be a global epicenter of the viral transmission. And if you look at some of the towns on the other side of the wall — as an example, in California, we have a certain area that is heavily infected on the Mexico side. And if we didn’t have a border wall there, it would be a — it would be really a catastrophic situation.”

-Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump in Roundtable on Border Security | Yuma, AZ,” whitehouse.gov, June 23, 2020