White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had a head-scratching answer for why the Biden administration wasn’t requiring migrants illegally entering the United States for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
In today’s White House briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy pressed Psaki on the latest apparent hypocrisy in COVID-19 enforcement and compliance as a migrant crisis unfolds on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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“As individuals come across the border, they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms, if they have symptoms, the intention is for them to have to be quarantined,” Psaki said, referring to migrants crossing into the U.S. “That is our process.”
When pressed further, Psaki said the situations could not be compared.
“They are not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the same thing. It is not the same thing.”
Psaki’s comments come after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shut down the port of entry in Del Rio, Texas, diverting legal trade and travel 57 miles to Eagle Pass, while also shutting down border checkpoints to screen for illegal immigrants and illicit cargo, following a surge in predominantly Haitian migrants camping there in squalid conditions.
In an attempt to alleviate the crisis and squalid conditions endured by the 14,500 migrants under the Del Rio, Texas bridge, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has deployed an additional 600 agents.
DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas also arrived in Del Rio today for an operational briefing.