As the Delta variant of COVID-19 appears to be spreading in certain parts of the U.S., President Biden continues to allow a massive flow of illegal migrants in to the country along the Mexico border. Many of whom have tested positive for COVID-19, and most likely the above-mentioned, more infectious and dangerous, Delta variant.
A new report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now says that over 20 percent of illegal unaccompanied minors and 18 percent of family units who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border have tested positive for COVID-19 prior to being released into the United States.
More than 15,000 migrants were in Border Patrol custody, according to Customs and Border Protection data obtained by NBC News.
The DHS document reviewed by NBC News Saturday, also said “some flights being used to deport illegal immigrants had over 25 percent of the passengers test positive before leaving, forcing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to remove the sick illegal immigrants and place them in quarantine.”
“In the last 2-3 weeks, the percent positivity rates among all demographics has increased,” the document says.
NBC News notes that:
The document also recommends DHS provide more medical staffing at border processing facilities, citing one in the Rio Grande Valley where three EMTs were responsible for 3,000 migrants.
A second DHS document prepared this week for the White House says high positivity rates are “straining the capacity of the NGOs and local governments that DHS currently partners with to care for them.”
That document attributes the rise of Covid among undocumented immigrants to “the highly transmissible Delta variant combined with lengthier stays in crowded [Customs and Border Protection] facilities.”
The high rates have triggered emergency meetings between the White House, HHS and DHS this week, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Deputy Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, who will soon take over as chief, said that more testing would only lead to further bottlenecks in the Border Patrol’s facilities, according to NBC News.
“As you can see, we’re already overwhelmed,” Ortiz said, standing next to a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, where hundreds of migrants have been held at a time, sleeping on the ground, as border processing facilities are stretched six times past their capacity. ADN