For someone calling policies Neanderthal, the Biden administration sure has a way of making all the wrong choices. What makes more sense in a pandemic: allowing Texans to make up their own minds about masking up in public, or releasing COVID-positive illegal immigrants into the state? While the discourse of this argument may go both ways, Greg Abbott Didn’t start the Neanderthal showdown.
“Two things, Brian, first, obviously it is not the type of thing that a president should be saying, but second, he kind of said it on the worst day he could have. Because the same day he said that, in Texas, the Biden administration was releasing illegal immigrants into our communities who had COVID,” Abbott said.
“The Biden administration was spreading COVID in south Texas yesterday because of their lack of constraint of testing and quarantining, people come across the border illegally. The Biden administration was exposing Texas to COVID,” Abbott continued. “That is a neanderthal type approach dealing with the COVID situation.”
These illegals were not just going to Texas once released. While they may have released them in Texas, NBC has reported that these COVID-positive illegal immigrants had stated destinations all across the US. The only snag may be that ICE may not have known, or have checked, the COVID-positive status of these immigrants prior to their release. But take a wild guess who was testing these recently released immigrants? The people of Texas:
“Other migrant families who also said they had tested positive were waiting to go to other destinations: North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey.
The city of Brownsville administers these rapid tests at the bus station, after migrant families are released by the Border Patrol. A spokesperson for Brownsville confirmed that, since they began doing these tests Jan. 25, 108 migrants have tested positive for Covid-19, which is 6.3 percent of those who took the test.”
A less Neanderthal approach to the situation would have been to test these outgoing illegal immigrants first and keep those who are showing symptoms or testing positive from reaching the general public.
“In response to Noticias Telemundo Investiga, a spokesperson for the city said in an email that Brownsville does not have the authority to retain these migrants who plan to travel to dozens of cities throughout the country. The city assured that municipal workers recommend to those who test positive to keep quarantine as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The city employees suggest to families they go to nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits in the the border area who can take them in and isolate them in order to keep quarantine.”
This major oversight creates a massive issue. The possibility of these infected illegal immigrants seeding themselves as super-spreaders across the US is a dangerous, and quite obvious, outcome of this Neanderthal response.