On Thursday, President Joe Biden unveiled a series of new initiatives aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, including new vaccine mandates likely to impact upwards of 100 million Americans, but shockingly, those edicts will not extend to migrants illegally crossing the southern border, as the Washington Examiner notes.
As reported by the Associated Press, Biden last week announced vaccine mandates for federal workers and contractors, private-sector employees of enterprises with more than 100 workers, and a host of health care providers, but notably, he did not include in those requirements the thousands upon thousands of migrants making their way to the country’s southern border each month.
Railing at his fellow citizens who have made the choice not receive COVID-19 vaccinations, Biden declared, “We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” adding that unvaccinated individuals “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”
Under Biden’s logic, however, unvaccinated migrants swarming the southern border magically pose no such threat to the nation’s public health, as they have not been included in the mandates currently threatening the very livelihood of American citizens, either natural-born or subsequently naturalized, as the Examiner noted.
In reponse to questioning on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that even though millions of Americans would be subject to vaccination mandates under penalty of substantial financial consequences, no such imposition would be made upon the liberties of those apprehended at the border and taken into federal custody.
According to the New York Post, Peter Doocy of Fox News asked Psaki, “It is a requirement for people at businesses with more than 100 people. It is not a requirement for migrants at the southern border. Why?”
Rather than attempt to elaborate on the glaring double standard and nonsensical inconsistency of the administration’s position, Psaki simply chose not to elaborate or even answer the question.
Though some reporting in recent days has suggested that the Biden administration did indeed have plans to offer COVID-19 jabs to those in custody at the border, individuals familiar with the position currently being taken by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection told the Examiner that no such mass inoculations were in the offing.
Given the record-breaking numbers of migrants flowing across the border ever since Biden took office, the administration’s obvious lack of concern about vaccinating new arrivals only serves as further evidence that the mandates rolled out this week for law-abiding Americans have little to do with science and everything to do with authoritarian control.