US Suspends Foreclosures, Evictions As Canadian Border Closes

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he is invoking the Defense Protection Act to marshal the private sector amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Korean War-era act allows the federal government to sign contracts or fulfill orders deemed necessary for national defense – in this case, emergency medical supplies.  

The president has also activated FEMA at level one, which is the highest level.

Trump says, amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be providing immediate relief to renters and homeowners by suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April.

The announcements came just hours after the United States and Canada agreed to temporarily close the northern border to “non-essential traffic.”

In a tweet, the President clarified that trade between the two countries would not be affected.