According to the Washington Examiner, in the past five months, 150,000 illegal “immigrants” from 72 nations which have shown cases of the coronavirus have either been apprehended or deemed inadmissible from entering the United States since November, magnifying the fact that the ongoing border crisis is a public health threat.
For all the blustering we have heard from Democrats over the past week or two criticizing President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, Democrats continue to talk out of both sides of their mouth.
On the one hand, they say that the president didn’t do enough fast enough to control the entry and spread of the virus within the United States.
However, by their own policies which they advocate, open borders, they leave the United States susceptible to exactly the type of illness that they criticize the president for not stopping.
Over half of the nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants apprehended or deemed “inadmissible” this fiscal year came from nations with cases of the coronavirus.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 12, 2020
Figures show that over half of the nearly 300,000 illegals apprehended/deemed inadmissible this fiscal year came from nations with coronavirus cases, including China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.
The Trump administration dodged a bullet this past week when the United States Supreme Court struck down an injunction imposed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which would have allowed migrants who were attempting to get asylum in the United States to have their cases heard in this country.
By striking down the injunction, the court upheld the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 11, 2020
An official now says that:
‘The border/immigration situation has taken on a whole new dynamic; it’s a public health threat.”
It was recently reported that 328 Chinese immigrants had been seized illegally crossing the border, whom the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has sought to return, repatriate and remove.
In addition, some 43,000 from Latin American countries, including Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Nicaragua—nations which haven’t as yet reported the virus—have been turned away to wait.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, none of the “immigrants” stopped by agents showed signs of the virus. This would be the ones subject to the Remain in Mexico protocols, or Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) as it is otherwise known.
The Trump administration as been making the case to continue the MPP which keeps immigrants in Mexico pending approval to come into the U.S. to seek asylum is not only a national security issue but also a health security issue.
“MPP is all the more critical to keep Americans safe and healthy, which can only be accomplished through lawful and orderly migration,” said an official.
“We have a unique public health threat posed by individuals arriving unlawfully at the border, where migrants, law enforcement officials, frontline personnel, and the American public are put at risk.
All it would take is a single infected individual to impact the detained migrant community within DHS facilities. Without proper precautions, which can only happen through orderly, lawful migration, the virus threatens to spread rapidly.
No halting of MPP would exacerbate this threat.”
The fear is that if the policy were lifted, holding stations run by the Department of Homeland security would quickly fill up, and there is the potential that any excess would be sent to facilities around the country.
“Overcrowding at DHS facilities can lead to increased cases of easily communicable diseases other than COVID-19, such as measles, mumps, chicken pox, and the flu,” warned an official.
DHS also warned that there are several factors raising the potential of a virus crisis at the border:
- Sheer volume of migrants
- Nationalities represented at the border from coronavirus-affected countries.
- Unique health dangers of journey to the border.
- Crowded conditions of DHS border facilities.
- Strain on healthcare system.
The Washington Times reports that thus far this year, 328 illegal “immigrants” from China have been caught crossing the border illegally, according to Homeland Security data that raises a possibility that a coronavirus carrier could sneak into the country via the U.S.-Mexico border.
Three other people from South Korea—another country with a large number of cases—have also been arrested at the border, as well as 122 people from the Dominican Republic where the virus has now been detected.
In all, more than 1,000 people a day are caught attempting to sneak into the U.S. illegally from Mexico. Mexico discovered its first case of coronavirus last week, and now has gotten five others.
One needs to do the math and realize that if 1,000 are being caught per day trying to enter the U.S., what is the number who are getting through undetected?
“The journey to the U.S. border puts migrants in poor conditions,” a Homeland Security official told the Washington Times. “We don’t know if they have come into contact with someone who has the flu, there is no passport, medical history, or travel manifest.”
Last week, in response to the coronavirus, President Trump had proposed the possibility of closing border crossings between the United States and Mexico, although this week he downplayed that option, stating that he didn’t believe the border was that much of a vulnerability.
“We’re not seeing a lot of evidence in that area,” he said—though he added, “We’re closing it, I guess, automatically because we have a very strong border there now.”
Homeland Security officials, however, disagree and say it is a vulnerability.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf raised the issue Tuesday with the House Homeland Security Committee, noting that illegal immigration presents a unique threat compared to legal travelers from China, who are being screened on arrival.
“The individuals that are coming in at our 11 airports that are being funneled, we have very good information of their travel history, of their medical history. We’re not going to have that same set of fidelity for the individuals if this continues to grow at the southwest border,” he said.
Wolf also stated that the spread of the virus in Mexico has created new complications after the U.S. forced tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in that country while their cases are being processed in American immigration courts.
You can always count on Democrats to try to downplay any connection between illegal “immigrants” and the possibility of coronavirus spread.
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), hammered Wolf for drawing a connection between illegal immigration and the virus.
“You were not, surely, suggesting that the problem that we are seeing in this country with the coronavirus is the result of—or was caused by undocumented immigrants coming across the south border. Is that what you’re saying?”
Wolf replied that he wasn’t pinning the current spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. on illegal immigration, but only said that the border was a risk factor.
Demmings demanded to know if he was ordered by higher-ups (read President Trump) to tie immigration to the virus.
He said he was not. That’s a Democrat for you. Never let a crisis (or a chance to go after the president) go to waste.
As of right now, no confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. have been tied to the border.
Coronavirus was identified last year in China and has quickly spread across the world. In response, the U.S. funneled travelers arriving from China into a select set of American airports where they could be screened.
With that said it is not possible to do so with anyone crossing the border particularly where they are doing so illegally.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a good estimate of how many people actually avoid capture at the border and make it to the interior of the U.S. CBP officers use a rough calculation of one getting away for every one caught, however that is obviously not scientific, only a rough guess.
Many would be border jumpers from China try to enter the country by being smuggled in cars through official border crossings, although a number are now being caught by the border patrol after they’ve already entered the country.
For example, this past January agents stopped a Chevrolet Silverado truck and found 10 Chinese migrants piled on top of each other in the truck, along with five Mexicans. TH driver had been trying to avoid detection by blending in with border wall construction crews.
One of the Chinese men told investigators he was paying 40,000 Chinese Yuan—or $5,750 to be smuggled into the U.S.
Last month in Arizona, agents spotted three Chinese migrants as they were picked up by smugglers. The men said their church had paid to smuggle them into Mexico, where another branch of the church connected them with smugglers who brought them into the U.S.
Remember this when Democrats pine for open borders. They do not care about the safety, health and welfare of American citizens. They only care about padding their voter base.
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