UPDATED 6:41 AM PT — Monday, March 23, 2020
President Trump recently stated that illegal immigrants will not be deported if they get tested for coronavirus.
While speaking at the White House Sunday, the president said U.S. hospitals will test everyone with symptoms regardless of their immigration status. He added that deportations of infected immigrants will be delayed to prevent further spread of the virus.
White House officials have said immigration enforcement agents will not be looking for illegal immigrants in hospitals during the ongoing outbreak.
President Trump went on to say his goal is to identify all cases of coronavirus and defeat the illness.
“You could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you could say whatever you want to use (as) your definition…we’re all talking about the same thing,” he stated. “Yes, we will test that person because I think it’s important we test that person.”
The president also stressed that immigration officials are continuing deportations of violent criminals and offenders from the country.
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