NEW MEXICO, Wyo.
Maggie T. Mead of New Mexico said Thursday that she has signed into law a bill that allows her state to impose new restrictions on travelers who do not have a valid passport and has lifted restrictions on travel to some of the more dangerous parts of the country.
Mead’s announcement follows the suspension of travel restrictions in the U.S. and several other countries following the coronavirus pandemic, but her actions mark a dramatic reversal of the path taken by President Donald Trump, who earlier this month ordered a travel ban that has not been fully implemented.
In her announcement, Mead said she had decided to act on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State Department and the White House, as well as state health officials, including the state health commissioner, who had urged her to act quickly.
“I have decided that I can no longer sit idly by while we wait for new evidence or a new policy to be created,” Mead said in a statement.
“I want New Mexico to be the first state in the nation to set its own immigration policies, and this is what I have decided to do.”
The bill passed the state House on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday, with both chambers expected to consider the measure Thursday afternoon.
It is expected to be signed by Mead and sent to the governor’s desk.
Mentz, a Republican who took office in January, said in her statement that she had “been encouraged by the work of the CDC, the State Departments, and our State Health Commissioner to implement the recommendations in the CDC report and act swiftly and effectively to implement new and existing state immigration policies.”
The CDC has reported that the pandemic has caused a spike in new cases of the coronapirus, the coronivirus that causes the disease.
In the past, some states have instituted travel restrictions after finding that people were traveling to and from the United States without a valid travel document.
Mendez said that New Mexico would work with state and local officials to “restrict the number of people who can enter the state without a document and to make the new rules easier for individuals and families.”
In addition to the travel restrictions being lifted, the bill allows Mead to waive her state’s cap on the number that can be admitted to New Mexico each year.
The bill also allows Mead, who has previously supported limiting the number a state can admit from abroad, to waive any restrictions on refugees coming from certain countries.
Mildred Rucker, a spokeswoman for Mead, said that Mead had asked the state Department of Health to prepare and submit the bill, but had not received any response.
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has said that his country is ready to open its doors to all who need it and is considering the possibility of lifting its travel restrictions.
Nasheed’s announcement came just days after New Mexico Gov.
Susana Martinez said she would not lift its travel restriction.
The CDC, which has reported more than 200,000 new cases since the pandemics began, said last month that more than 1 million people worldwide have traveled to New England since the virus swept through the U!s.
in late March.
New Mexico was among the hardest hit states with nearly 8,500 cases, and the state is home to about 30,000 people, according to the CDC.