House Democrats blocked a measure on Wednesday by Iowa Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks that would have required a negative COVID-19 test before migrants are released from Customs and Border Protection custody.
“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 tweeted.
“The majority chose to block this commonsense bill that would ensure the health and safety of border patrol and border communities,” she added.
More than 12,000 mostly Haitian migrants were released into the U.S. last week. No negative COVID-19 test was required before release.
“The Administration must act immediately to help secure our border,” Miller-Meeks tweeted in another post on Wednesday.
“I joined a letter this week led by @RepTonyGonzales demanding the President fully enforce current federal immigration laws,” she added.
In both July and August, more than 200,000 illegal immigrants crossed the southern border. No COVID-19 tests were required unless symptoms were shown.
Miller-Meeks first proposed the REACT Act in March (Requiring Every Alien Receive a COVID-19 Test). “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,” according to a news release by the congresswoman.
“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 said 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 added.
Are these the same lawmakers who want five-year-old kids wearing masks all day at school? The same party that is requiring all federal workers to be vaccinated, as well as all businesses with 100 or more people?
Is this the same party that extending wearing masks on airplanes and buses until next year to keep us safe? The same party that has kept the border with Canada closed?
It seems like we’re talking about two different groups of people, but we aren’t. Instead, we’re talking about Democrat hypocrites. If you’re already an American, wear a mask, get vaccinated and do what Big Brother says. If you’re an illegal immigrant crossing the southern border, welcome in, glad to see you.
Just when the left had an opportunity to do something to help with the border crisis that fit their narrative elsewhere, they turned it down. This is not about the science, unless you count political science. We’re talking about an agenda designed for controlling Americans and leaving a wide open border.