Grind for March 9th
“An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.” – Pope John Paul II
Trump: Illegal Immigrants Arrested at Border to be Returned
The Trump administration will begin returning all immigrants arrested at the border for illegal entry to block people without documentation from entering the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The CDC order directs the department to suspend the introduction of all individuals seeking to enter the U.S. without proper travel documentation,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said during a White House press briefing Friday. “That’s for both the northern and southern border. The CDC director has determined that the introduction and spread of the coronavirus in the department’s Border Patrol stations and detention facilities presents a serious danger to migrants, our front-line agents, our officers, and the American people.”
Wolf said citizens of more than 120 countries were arrested illegally entering the United States.
“Many of these individuals arrive with little or no identity travel or medical documentation, making public health risk determinations all but impossible,” Wolf said. “It’s also important to note the outbreak on our southern border would likely increase the strain on our border communities, taking away important and life-saving resources from American citizens.”
The Trump administration will ban all nonessential travel between the U.S. and Mexico and between the U.S. and Canada at midnight.
The Washington Examiner first reported that Border Patrol had already begun quickly sending back all Mexicans apprehended at the southern border instead of taking people to immigration detention facilities for normal processing. All immigrants from countries other than Mexico will be transported back to their countries of origin. Read more…
Treasury Delays Tax Filing Deadline to July 15
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday said that the deadline for filing tax returns is being moved from April 15 to July 15, after his department earlier this week similarly extended the due date for tax payments amid the coronavirus.
“At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Mnuchin tweeted. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”
Mnuchin also encouraged people who might be in line for tax refunds “to file now to get your money.” Typically, about 70 percent of individual tax returns claim refunds.
The announcement comes after lawmakers and tax preparers pressed Mnuchin to extend the filing deadline.
The Treasury Department and IRS released guidance on Wednesday that allows individuals and corporations to defer tax payments from April 15 to July 15, but had kept the deadline to file returns at April 15.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and tax preparers had argued that the filing deadline needed to be extended in addition to the payment deadline to minimize confusion for taxpayers and to ensure that people could receive the tax-preparation help that they need. Read more…
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