Democrat-led city Texas officials say Biden’s border policy creates significant Covid-19 risk
Officials in Laredo, Texas, allege in a lawsuit that the Department of Homeland Security releasing illegal migrants daily in the city is undermining public health efforts.
Customs and border protection allegedly plan to double the number of migrants brought into the city to deal with the spillover into other DHS detention centers. Laredo officials fear the implications of DHS’s actions, given the continuing threat of COVID-19.
“Not all apprehended people are tested for COVID-19 as part of [DHS’s] process before they are legally released from immigration detention and into the general public, “the lawsuit says.” As a result, many, if not most, go untested and risk spreading the disease to the general public after their release. “
Laredo, at the top of the southwestern border of the United States, says the “flood” of migrants is “causing irreparable damage and injury to our community as hospitals are little or no availability.”
The lawsuit also says the federal government, under the leadership of President Biden, has no respect “for the deadly ramifications” of bringing untested immigrants into the country.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is considering a plan to reopen the country to more immigrants, after the previous Trump administration restricted border crossings at the start of the pandemic – using federal health law known as of title 42.
Republicans, in a recent letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, said reversing Title 42 would only make matters worse because “already inundated facilities would explode with migrants, and our nation would suffer hardship. lasting and irreparable consequences “.