COVID Hypocrisy at the White House
Biden administration health official Rochelle Walensky announced Monday that vaccinated Americans can visit with others who are vaccinated in small groups at home. But when Walensky was asked about visiting grandchildren, she said no, unless the kids are local. Even vaccinated people must avoid traveling. "Every time there's a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country."
The Biden administration is making one exception. It's OK to wade across the Rio Grande River and enter the U.S. illegally. Even if you have COVID-19, you can get on a bus in a Texas border town and travel to any part of the U.S., including New York, Baltimore, Miami and Los Angeles. Never mind how far and wide COVID-infected migrants spread the virus as they fan out.
On the travel question, the double standard is mind-boggling. It's no to Grandma, but OK for illegal immigrants.
Since Joe Biden took office, he's rapidly dismantled Trump administration policies that kept migrants in Mexico during the pandemic. Some 100,000 migrants surrendered to U.S. border officials in February, up from 78,000 in January. It's likely to reach 1 million overall in 2021, if the trend continues.
Some single adults are sent back to Mexico, but families are permitted to stay. After a few days of processing in a detention center, they're given documents to travel and released into a Texas border town. There, nonprofits like Catholic Charities help them get food and bus tickets to anywhere in the U.S.
Here's the hitch. The federal government refuses to test migrants before release unless they're visibly sick, even though COVID-19 continues to rage in Mexico. Biden's press spokesperson, Jen Psaki, explained that the administration considers testing a state or local responsibility.
As if not knowing migrants are spreading the disease absolves the Biden administration of any culpability. Sorry, that's ridiculous.
Some cities, like Brownsville and El Paso, are using rapid tests to identify migrants with the virus. Others cities do not. But either way, city officials explain they have no authority to stop infected migrants from traveling. In Texas, only the feds can do that.
When Brownsville officials tested migrants last month, over 6% tested positive. Some were willing to quarantine at local hotels paid for by charities, but many boarded busses for other parts of the country.
Six percent sounds small, but 6% of 1 million migrants adds up to 60,000 -- a steady stream of spreaders being knowingly dispersed throughout the nation.