As cases of the Delta variant continue to spike, triggering vaccine mandates, renewed mask mandates, and threats of more school closures, the Biden administration appears to be bussing thousands of potentially unvaccinated, COVID-19 positive migrants to communities across America, leaving local populations vulnerable to new sources of spread.
Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin reported that large groups of migrants are being “walked to McAllen Central Bus Station by a local Catholic Charity after they were dropped off [and] released by Border Patrol.”
“This is happening every hour,” he added. “Migrants are given bus tickets wherever they want to go.”
Department of Homeland Security sources told Fox News that local Border Patrol stations in the McAllen, Texas, area are currently 585% over capacity and there are “mass releases” underway.
Fox News also shared drone footage appearing to show up to 1,000 illegal immigrants being held by Border Patrol under Anzalduas Bridge in Mission, TX.
Reporting from the border, Town Hall reporter Julio Rosas said he’s “never seen such a large group at one time who have as many individuals who appear/sound to be sick.”
According to The Washington Post, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials generally do not test migrants for the virus, but those transferred to ICE custody do get screened.”
A top Border Patrol union official warned that agents are having to release COVID-positive migrants into the U.S. “day in, day out,” as officials are only testing those that exhibit some type of symptoms.
“And we’re releasing people out of the door day in and day out with actual positive tests for COVID and more keep popping up,” said Chris Cabrera, a vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.
Meanwhile, just last week, Biden announced that federal workers will be required to sign forms attesting they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else comply with new rules on mandatory masking, weekly testing, distancing and more. Meaning, federal border patrol agents will have to abide by stricter COVID-19 policies than those they’re processing.
The double standard is glaring, and puts American’s health at risk.
Statistics Don’t Lie
Since Vice President Kamala Harris was tapped to serve as Biden’s “border czar,” tasked with addressing the “root causes” of the crisis, Border Patrol has seen historically high numbers of illegal immigration encounters. In the month of June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported nearly 189,829 encounters, the highest monthly total in a decade. More than 100,000 of those migrants have been expelled under Title 42 public health protections, a federal statue implemented under the Trump administration that allowed border authorities to immediately turn away migrants to the northern and southern border on public health grounds instead of detaining and processing them. But, as evidenced in recent video footage of migrants being bussed throughout the country, the administration has declined to apply Title 42 to many families and unaccompanied minors, instead, releasing them into the U.S.
The Administration’s Response
Despite the growing number of apprehensions, Harris claimed on June 25, “extreme progress” has been made. The Biden administration continues to claim the U.S.-Mexico border is closed, while flirting with the idea of ending Title 42—a policy decision that would surely incentivize more illegal immigrants to make the dangerous trek.
Last week, the administration released a fact sheet detailing “The Biden Administration Blueprint for a Fair, Orderly and Humane Immigration System.” Yet, the only time the document mentions COVID-19 is in its request to Congress for $861 million “to address the root causes of migration.”
A fair, orderly and humane immigration system must be fair, orderly and humane to American citizens as well as those seeking to come through our southern border. America doesn’t just face a #BidenBorderCrisis. We are also in the midst of a #BidenCovidCrisis that while campaigning for president, Biden promised to get under control. If the president wants to keep America safe from this virus, his administration must stop denying the dangers its own policies presents.