A regulated Canadian immigration consultant Kerry Molitor who’s representing clients affected by the closure of Canada-U.S. border said COVID-19 has thrown the immigration industry into chaos.

She said many people have been contacting her to extend their stays because they don’t want to or can’t leave Canada right now.

Molitor has clients stranded outside Canada who can’t get in, and even one client stranded here, in Ontario who can’t get out because Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized his passport and they’re closed.

She added that the client had been working without authorization in Canada, and was booked for an admissibility hearing, however, all hearings are now on hold.

Molitor said that her client was ready to leave Canada, but now that the border is closed, he is now stranded here without a job and money.

In a press release, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said irregular migrants will also be turned back to the U.S. when they reach the Canadian border.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is considering sending troops to the Canadian border to catch people who have crossed illegally into the United States, in a press conference.

It would be a mistake for the United States to position troops near the Canadian border, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking from outside his home.

Historically, the border has been non-militarized and it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep it that way, he said. The closing of the border is already enough, he added.

Trudeau said this is not a time to be going to the border and crossing over because it presents a risk to them and to others.

Anyone attempting to cross the border for tourism or recreational reasons will be turned away,” acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in a press release.

Wolf said this collaborative measure, which will be in place for 30 days, will limit its spread of the virus.

Sofia Salituro, a Canadian citizen who’ve recently went to England and France from March 1-13, said she agreed with the closing of the Canada-U.S. border.

As far of the troops that is highly unnecessary as the U.S has much bigger things to worry about than the threat of Canada, said Salituro.

She said saw an article in the CBC with the headline, “U.S. coronavirus cases now highest in the world,” and this confirmed that there’s more of a danger there than Canadians crossing the border.

“There are far more people crossing from the U.S. to Canada than the opposite way,” said Salituro.