President Biden’s health honcho, 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, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insisted: “Every time there’s a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country.”
The Biden administration is making one exception, however. It’s OK to wade across the Rio Grande River and enter the US illegally. Even if you have COVID-19, you can get on a bus in a Texas border town and travel to any part of our nation. Never mind how far and wide COVID-infected migrants spread the virus as they fan out.
On the travel question, Biden’s double standard is mind-boggling. It’s a firm “No” for Granny, but a warm “Yes” for illegal immigrants.
Since Biden took office, he has rapidly dismantled Team Trump policies that kept migrants in Mexico during the pandemic. Some 100,000 migrants surrendered to US border officials in February, up from 78,000 in January. The total figure is likely to reach 1 million this year 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, officials grant them documents to travel and release them into a Texas border town. From there, nonprofits like Catholic Charities get them bus tickets to their destination of choice.
Here’s the hitch: The feds refuse to test migrants before release, unless they’re visibly sick, even though COVID continues to rage in Mexico. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, explained that the administration considers testing a state or local responsibility. That’s ridiculous.
Some cities, like Brownsville and El Paso, are using rapid tests to identify COVID-positive migrants. Other cities don’t test. But either way, city officials explain they have no authority to stop infected migrants from traveling; only the feds do.