Speaking outside Rideau Cottage for his daily press conference on the pandemic, Trudeau urged Canadians to avoid all unessential travel within the country.
The restrictions will be reviewed after 30 days. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he planned to announce such a measure "very soon", relying on a law that says he can deny entry to people or reject cargo if the USA surgeon general determines there is a "serious danger" of bringing a communicable disease to the United States. "They go back to the country where they came from".
Blair said there would be some "necessary" exceptions to the policy.
More than 57,000 asylum seekers have entered Canada through unauthorized border crossings since 2017, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced a crackdown on illegal immigration.
We believe the prime minister did not respond quickly enough to closing Canada's borders to air travel and the U.S. The government earlier announced that anybody crossing would have to be quarantined for 14 days.
While Mexico already allows the United States to send it Latin American migrants, mainly to await US asylum hearings in Mexican territory, the decision to allow a rapid turn around of Central Americans appeared to be a new concession.
"This is beyond disappointing and disgraceful", said Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, in a statement.
"Today's news only serves to further inflame misconceptions and racism rather than offering reassurance and leadership. We recognize the importance of workers getting to their important jobs", he said.
"There are reasons why provinces might want to do that and they are fair reasons", she said. This includes our fundamental legal obligation to not turn refugees away at the borders.
The prime minister can also be criticized for failing to keep his 2015 election commitment that Canada would have a $1 billion surplus under his leadership this year.
President Donald Trump and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said the two governments agreed to prohibit recreational and tourist travel, similar to the restrictions put in place earlier this week along the US and Canadian border.
The jobless claims indicate an unemployment rate over the next two months "probably the likes of which we have not seen in the post-war era", said Bank of Montreal Chief Economist Douglas Porter. He reiterated that essential travel, such as trade and commerce, will continue. Turning serious, he said he understood the rationale for the new restrictions.
It closed its borders to most foreign nationals and agreed with the United States this week to close their shared border.
"Every week we encountered thousands of unscreened and unvetted of entries from dozens of countries and we had this problem for decades, for decades".
The situation could have become "a flawless storm that would spread the infection to our border agents, migrants, and the public at large", he said, adding, "Left unchecked, this would cripple our immigration system, overwhelm our healthcare system, and severely damage our national security". Commerce and essential travel will be allowed.
White House advisers, border city leaders and US economists have warned in the past that such a move would interrupt supply chains and boost USA consumer prices on everything from TV's to avocados to autos.
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