Democrats outrageously rejected a bill introduced by Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) on Wednesday that would have required illegal aliens to show a negative COVID test before being released from Customs and Border Protection custody into the US.
“Today, I offered my REACT Act on the House floor, which would require DHS to give a COVID test to everyone crossing our border illegally,” Meeks stated on Twitter.
“The majority chose to block this commonsense bill that would ensure the health and safety of Border Patrol and border communities,” she noted.
“The Administration must act immediately to help secure our border,” Miller-Meeks demanded in another tweet on Wednesday. “I joined a letter this week led by @RepTonyGonzales demanding the President fully enforce current federal immigration laws.”
Today, I offered my REACT Act on the House floor, which would require DHS to give a COVID test to everyone crossing our border illegally.
— Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (@RepMMM) September 29, 2021
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted during a White House briefing that the 15,000 Haitian migrants who crossed illegally into Del Rio, Texas, were not tested for COVID before being released into the United States, nor were they subject to vaccine mandates.
“Yeah, so, we did not test that population of individuals. We do not know — I do not know, I should say, if I may be perfectly accurate — I do not know whether anyone was sick with COVID,” he commented.
That is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Over 200,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border in July and August. They were not required to be tested for COVID unless they showed symptoms which makes no sense as many who are infected are asymptomatic during the process. The same consideration is not given to American citizens by any means.
The REACT Act was first proposed by Miller-Meeks in March. “This legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to test all migrants illegally crossing our border for COVID-19 who DHS plans to release into our communities,” she said in a statement.
“This week, I traveled to El Paso, Texas, to meet with CBP agents and officers. I saw firsthand the crisis they are facing, and I believe it is our job in Congress to address it and assist them. Approximately 50% of agents have tested positive for COVID-19, and very few migrants are being tested,” Miller-Meeks contended in March.
“My REACT Act would require that every migrant released from CBP or ICE custody is tested and receives a negative test. Border security and immigration is not an issue that only affects border states, it affects every community across the country. By ensuring that individuals entering the country are negative for COVID-19, we can help keep our communities safe and healthy,” she asserted.
FLOOR ALERT: @HouseDemocrats blocked @HouseGOP requests to consider @RepMMM's commonsense bill that simply requires illegal immigrants are tested for COVID-19 before their release into the U.S., unlike the 12,000 Haitian migrants admitted by @POTUS last week. pic.twitter.com/mj4r9LmXWH
— House Rules Republicans (@RulesReps) September 29, 2021
Miller-Meeks also brought up a report from the DHS inspector general in her floor speech that urged taking further action to prevent the border crisis from becoming more of a health and humanitarian crisis:
To quote directly from the report: ‘CBP does not conduct COVID-19 testing for migrants who enter CBP custody and is not required to do so.’
The report further stated that: ‘We recommend DHS reassess its COVID-19 response framework to identify areas for improvement to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while balancing its primary mission of securing the border.’
Currently, everyone legally entering the United States by plane is required to display a negative test for COVID-19. Why aren’t we requiring this of those coming illegally?
She added that “numerous public health officials, and I am one, have said that the failure of U.S. authorities to test adult migrants for the coronavirus in jam-packed border processing centers is creating a potential for new transmissions, including among migrants who may have arrived healthy at America’s door.”
On September 29th, Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) also spoke of the urgent need to pass the REACT Act.
(Video Credit: Rep. Diana Harshbarger)
Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents are about to be fired if they refuse to get the vaccine.
“The whistleblower told us that the Border Patrol was given official notice that if Border Patrol Agents don’t get the vaccine by November of this year, so six weeks from now– if they don’t get the vaccine, they’re going to be fired,” Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“So meanwhile, today, we had a briefing from [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary Mayorkas. We asked him what’s happening with this flood of migrants coming across the border relative to the vaccine, and he said ‘We asked them if they want it. It’s their choice.’ So think about that, the people who’ve been busting their tails enforcing our laws on the border, they’re going to get fired if they don’t take the vaccine. Meanwhile, for people who break the law and come in here– ‘No big deal, it’s your choice, it’s up to you,’” he remarked.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 29, 2021
The border agents are not alone as many Americans are now facing the threat of termination for not getting vaccinated. United Airlines is firing almost 600 employees. Nurses are being targeted alongside police officers and firefighters.
Not only are Democrats blocking legislation that would require illegal immigrants to get tested for COVID… they are also cheering the fact that American citizens who refuse to get the jab are now being fired.
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