New York governor gives emergency order after word of COVID variant. No order on border, yet.

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Democrats continue to double, triple and quadruple down on COVID restrictions for law-abiding citizens, even as they continue to allow potentially COVID-positive illegal immigrants to stream across the southern U.S. border.

In the blue state of New York, for instance, elective surgeries have reportedly once again been halted thanks to the emergence of yet another strain of the coronavirus. This is despite New York being one of the many blue states that have forced vaccine mandates down their constituents’ throats.

The decision from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul came Friday, the same day that President Joe Biden announced a new travel ban to take effect Monday.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, “non-essential, non-urgent procedures for in-hospitals or systems with limited capacity” will be limited/postponed starting on Dec. 3rd and lasting till at least Jan. 15th.

“[W]hile the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming. In preparation, I am announcing urgent steps today to expand hospital capacity and help ensure our hospital systems can tackle any challenges posed by the pandemic as we head into the winter months,” Hochul said in a statement.

As of Nov. 24th, only 2,583 New Yorkers were hospitalized, and only 509 were in the ICU. During the height of the pandemic in spring of 2020, hospitalizations reached as high as 18,335, while ICUs topped out at a whopping 5,205.

(Source: New York Government)

Although numbers of hospitalizations and deaths have plummeted, Democrats remain scared to death of the coronavirus likely because of their obsession with cases versus other, more relevant factors.

The coronavirus vaccine is designed to reduce hospitalizations and deaths, not necessarily reduce cases. But because the party is so committed to permanently eradicating the coronavirus, they can’t stop focusing on cases.

And so, instead of refusing to allow the pandemic to subside organically, especially now that vaccines and booster shots are widely available to those who need them, the Democrat Party has continued to double/triple/quadruple down on restrictions that affect law-abiding citizens.

The Biden administration, for instance, continues to push for a vaccine mandate for all businesses with 100+ employees. The administration is also planning to issue a vaccine mandate for anyone legally traveling into the United States for business purposes, e.g., truck drivers.

And on Friday the president announced a new travel ban for all incoming travel — except for returning U.S. citizens — from South Africa, in addition to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

Those are the countries where the new coronavirus variant has reportedly been spotted.

Meanwhile, the southern U.S. border “remains wide open to anyone — from anywhere — who wants to cross illegally,” according to a tweet posted Friday afternoon by former Trump administration official Stephen Miller.

Speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity” later that evening, he called the Biden administration’s latest travel ban a meaningless gesture meant for show.

“These travel bans are not serious for the simple reason they don’t apply to people who come illegally. What is a travel ban worth if you can get around it just by coming to the border illegally?” he said.

“And also, and just as importantly, in a human smuggling context, the disease spread is infinitely worse. It is a super spreader zone. So it’s all politics. It’s not science, and the casualties are Americans,” he added.

Listen:

(Video: Fox News)

As of last week, the 2021 COVID death toll had surpassed the 2020 death toll, a shocking milestone considering the widespread availability of the coronavirus vaccine. But some have cautioned that this isn’t necessarily the president’s fault.

“The truth last year and this year is that the virus is impossible for any politician to control, much less eliminate,” The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board noted in a piece this week.

However, politically speaking, it is his fault.

“President Biden may not recall what he said during a 2020 campaign debate last fall, but Americans should: ‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.’ At the time the U.S. had recorded 220,000 Covid deaths. Covid deaths this year have now surpassed the toll in 2020 with 350,000 since Inauguration Day,” the editorial board noted.

“It would seem that Mr. Biden has done no better than Donald Trump in defeating Covid despite the benefit of vaccines, better therapies, and more clinical experience. The left politicized Covid by holding Mr. Trump responsible for a disease that was always going to be hard to defeat,” the board added.

Indeed, continuing his remarks on Fox News, Miller noted on Friday that the coronavirus is here to stay, meaning Americans must learn to live with it.

“COVID is becoming endemic. It is going to continue to mutate. It’s going to continue to evolve. It’s all around planet Earth,” he said.

Meaning, it would appear, that no amount of blaming the unvaccinated, denying Americans elective treatments, and imposing restrictions that curb people’s rights will make a difference, especially so long as the border remains wide open.

Vivek Saxena

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