Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed Friday that Haitian migrants crossing the Southern border weren’t examined for coronavirus earlier than they had been launched into the US.
“We didn’t take a look at that inhabitants of people,” Mayorkas stated when requested by reporters about the potential for migrants contracting the virus within the makeshift camp below the bridge in Del Rio, Texas, that held over 15,000 migrants final week.
Mayorkas spoke in regards to the migrant disaster throughout an look on the each day press briefing on the White Home.
He stated that DHS officers arrange medical tents with 150 medical professionals to assist the inhabitants of migrants however claimed he was personally unsure if any of them acquired sick with the coronavirus.
“We actually had some people get sick, not particularly with COVID, to my data,” Mayorkas stated.
He confirmed that a few of the migrants had been launched in the US, however used the time period “alternate options to detention” to explain the method.
“We stay in contact with them. We monitor them to make sure their look in courtroom on the designated time of look,” he stated.
The White Home continues struggling to clarify why migrants apprehended on the Southern border usually are not examined for coronavirus or required to supply proof of vaccination for the virus, regardless of requiring it from vacationers to the US.
“They’re not intending to remain right here for a prolonged time frame,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, referring to migrants. “I don’t assume it’s the identical factor. It’s not the identical factor.”