Suddenly, White House admits it must ‘work more’ to discourage illegal migrants coming to US.
The current administration claims that there is no illegal immigration crisis at the southern border.
Yet, it is now being reported that the number number of migrants testing positive for the coronavirus before being released into the US by the Border Patrol is up significantly from the last week.
Felipe Romero, a spokesman for Brownsville, Texas, said 185 migrants rapid-tested at the city’s main bus station showed they were infected with COVID-19, up from the 108 who tested positive last week, Fox News reported Monday.
Since Jan. 25, 1,553 individuals have been tested for coronavirus after crossing the US border there, he said.
Romero said there’s little that Brownsville can do to restrict the migrants from traveling beyond Texas other than advising them to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety precautions and quarantine.
Migrants who were once held in border camps while they were being processed in the courts for entry are no longer detained as part of the Biden administration rolling back former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.
One man who runs a homeless shelter along the border that a quarter of the immigrants brought into his facility test positive for the coronavirus.
Bill Reagan, director of Loaves and Fishes, the food bank and shelter in Harlingen, Texas, said more cases are likely but are not being detecting because, given the conditions, testing is “almost useless.”
Mr. Reagan told a Harlingen City Commission meeting last week that the migrants are processed at the border and then bused to his facility, so they may have contracted COVID-19 but show no signs of infection. Besides, he said, there is not much the city can do.
“We can’t quarantine them,” he told commissioners. “Even though they test positive, they’re going to leave the next day. They’re going to get on the bus or the airplane, and they’re gone.”
The first group that came through had 25% positivity test rate, he said.
Perhaps this is one of the myriads of reasons why the White House has just admitted it isn’t doing enough to discourage people from seeking unlawful entry into this country.
Speaking to reporters during a press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged the failures after being pressed about the administration’s handling of the situation.
“I would say it’s clear we need to work more on getting the message out and being very clear, now is not the time to come,” said Psaki, before reiterating the Biden administration’s claim that “the majority of people who come to the border are turned away.”
“Yes, we have changed the policies of the last administration as it relates to unaccompanied children, but the majority of families, adults, the vast, vast majority are turned away at the border. And that is a message that clearly we need to continue to look for means and ways of getting out, you know, more and more out to the region,” she continued.
In fact, an Arizona sheriff recently called out the normally effusive “expert” Dr. Anthony Fauci and asked him to respond to reports that illegal immigrants are being released into the community by the Biden administration without being tested for the coronavirus.
The Biden administration’s handling of the coronavirus at the border “goes against the grain of the CDC,” according to Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, who said he would “love to hear from Dr. Fauci” about why migrants aren’t being tested at the border.
“Nobody is talking about what’s going on on the southwest border when it comes to the health pandemic in this country,” Dannels said. “They are not testing them. They’re being released without being tested into communities. And then, you look at the public safety aspect of this. It’s upsetting. It’s almost like we’re not part of this country, which is very upsetting.”
Perhaps Fauci will say there is no need to worry about the immigrants, like when he said we didn’t need to wear masks about a year ago.
Happy anniversary to one of the worst takes ever.
One year ago today, Dr. Fauci went on 60 Minutes and said you didn't need to wear a mask.
"Right now in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks. … There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask." pic.twitter.com/dTfjoxWFjf
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