Joe Biden’s administration was criticized for forcing international travelers to be immunized while not requiring the same of those who enter America unlawfully on Sept. 20.
The White House was slammed for applying vaccine mandates differently for overseas tourists and illegal aliens.
“Is somebody asking the foreign nationals who are walking in Del Rio, Texas, and setting up camps on this side of the border for proof of vaccination–or a negative COVID test?” one reporter asked.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed foreigners arriving by ground and air transport are “not the same thing.”
However, the reporter was not convinced and insisted they should be treated the same.
“But they are here, [so] what is the difference?” he asked.
Psaki claimed no illegal aliens are allowed into the country if they are found to have COVID symptoms.
“As individuals come across the border they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms,” she said in a statement. “If they have symptoms, they are … quarantined. That is our process, they are not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time.”
The mixed messages did not only confuse members of the press. Rep. Andy Biggs R-Ariz.) also felt compelled to ask the press secretary to “come again.”
One social network user questioned whether Psaki realizes asylum seekers plan to stay much longer in the United States than short-term “vacationers or business travelers.”
“Apparently, COVID cannot be transmitted if your intentions are short term,” another Twitter user commented.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) responded to a surge in mostly Haitian illegal aliens by shutting down the port of entry in Del Rio, Texas. Border checkpoints to screen for illegal immigrants and illicit cargo have also been closed.
Lawful trade and travel was diverted 57 miles southeast to Eagle Pass.
Del Rio officials declared the border crisis was “out of control” after the average number of migrants soared from 4,000 to 14,878, between on Sept. 15 and 17. Hundreds of illegal aliens have flooded through the border for days, according to media reports.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deployed more agents and workers to the area. The number of deportation flights is expected to increase in coming days.
“We are expelling individuals based on Title 42, specifically because of COVID,” Psaki said in the statement. “Because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering, posing a threat to the community, and also to the migrants themselves.”
“Those are the policies we put in place,” she added. “[Title 42 should] be in place, given we are facing a global pandemic.”
New foreign travel rules are expected to take effect in early November. The decree eliminates the 14-day quarantine rule for foreign vaccinated visitors, provided they produce a negative result three days after departing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assessing which vaccinations fulfill U.S. requirements for international travelers.