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Are COVID positive illegal migrants creating a super spreader event at the border?

Added 03-04-21 12:35:01pm EST - “Biden tells illegal migrants that ICE won't intervene at vaccination centers” - Hotair.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Are COVID positive illegal migrants creating a super spreader event at the border?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Illegal migrants are being tested for the coronavirus after they are released into the general population to travel to cities and towns across the U.S. This is counter to how people entering the U.S. via air travel are handled. In order for citizens and non-citizens to enter the United States through air travel, there are strict COVID-19 policies in place, including proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Why isn’t that same standard taken into account for illegal migrants who are caught and then released at the southern border?

On January 25, officials in Brownsville, Texas began administering COVID-19 tests on migrants. The tests have resulted in 108 migrants—or 6.3 percent of those who took the test— testing positive for COVID-19. How is the Biden policy of catch and release not being labeled as a super spreader event? The illegal migrants are being released at bus stations and in Brownsville, they are able to receive a COVID-19 test. The kicker is that they still board buses and travel further into the United States despite the positive results. Maybe 108 migrants doesn’t seem like a large number but consider how contagious the coronavirus is and remember that just one person can infect all those around him or her. The potential for even 108 people to infect a large number of unsuspecting Americans is a real concern.

The City of Brownsville is administering rapid tests at bus stations, not the federal government. It is just one of the burdens that local governments take on when illegal migrants are dumped into their cities. Cities, however, have no authority to hold those who test positive or restrict them from traveling.

In response to Noticias Telemundo Investiga, a spokesperson for the city said in an email that Brownsville does not have the authority to retain these migrants who plan to travel to dozens of cities throughout the country. The city assured that municipal workers recommend to those who test positive to keep quarantine as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The city employees suggest to families they go to nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits in the border area who can take them in and isolate them in order to keep quarantine.

“The City of Brownsville continues to follow all guidelines provided by the CDC and DSHS for Covid-19. The migrants who test positive at the B-Metro facility are advised of quarantine procedures and are asked to socially distance,” Felipe Romero, Brownsville’s communications and marketing director, said in an emailed statement. DSHS refers to the state’s Department of State Health Services.


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