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Posted: Dec 04, 2021 12:01 AM

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This week, White House COVID-19 response leader Dr. Anthony Fauci could not answer why the Omicron variant screening process for individuals arriving lawfully to the United States is different than the process for those arriving unlawfully at the southern border. Fauci claimed it was a “different issue.” Why he views these two groups differently is unclear, but what is clear is that COVID remains rampant at the southern border with virtually non-existent mitigation protocols in place. Should Dr. Fauci and the Biden administration want to protect the public health interests of Americans (as the administration has recently stated) they must also consider revamping its southern border COVID protocols and treat all foreign nationals—whether arriving lawfully or unlawfully—as one.  COVID is raging at our southern border due to the Biden administration’s immigration policies that incentivize hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to make the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border. Most arrive from the Northern Triangle countries, where vaccination rates in Guatemala and Honduras remain at less than 40 percent. Many others come from extra-continental countries—including from Africa—where vaccination rates remain in the single digits.Migrants often travel in large groups — something that the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) highly discourages to help avoid spread of the disease. Once migrants arrive at the border, they are often not tested for the disease, have no vaccine requirements, and are not required to self-quarantine. Instead, U.S. officials release them into the interior of the country and fly or bus them to their destination of choice. There are also many cases of officials releasing COVID-positive migrants into the country.Moreover, the Biden administration has yet to fully utilize Title 42 as an effective tool to safeguard public health. This public health order allows immigration authorities to promptly remove illegal aliens from the country to help prevent the spread of COVID t …

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