Whistleblowers: HHS officials told workers to downplay COVID-19 outbreak at migrant detention facility

According to two federal whistleblowers, the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urged them to actively downplay a known COVID-19 outbreak within a group of migrant children being held at a detention facility in Texas earlier in the year, as Fox News reports.

The allegations were outlined in a complaint filed in late July, which was also sent to government watchdog groups as well as four key Congressional committees, was produced in conjunction with the Government Accountability Project.

The whistleblowers in the matter are Lauren Reinhold and Arthur Pearlstein, both of whom are described in the documents as “career federal civil servants” who worked as “volunteer detailees” at the Fort Bliss migrant intake site from April through June of this year.

Reinhold and Pearlstein claim that COVID-19 was “widespread” among hundreds of the migrant youth housed at the facility and that it was ultimately transmitted to numerous employees. They also allege that “adequate masks were not consistently provided to the children, nor was their use consistently enforced.”

As if those lax protocols were not bad enough, the complaint argues that HHS officials urged Pearlstein and Reinhold as well as other workers to “make everything sound positive” and “play down anything negative” about conditions at the facility in response to media inquiries.

The complaint goes on to allege that “every effort was made to downplay the degree of COVID infection at the site, and the size of the outbreak was deliberately kept under wraps,” according to the Washington Examiner.

Pearlstein, who served as a director at the Federal Mediation and Concilation Service, and Reinhold, who worked as an attorney-adviser at the Social Security Administration indicated that they attempted to have their concerns heard that the sick children on site were wearing ineffective, disposable masks, but that their warnings went unheeded by supervisors.

Other serious problems within the facility, including lice outbreaks, filthy living conditions, and serious depression and depressive episodes among detained children were routinely ignored, according to the pair of whistleblowers, and the complaint argues that the private contractors engaged by the administration to oversee the site had little or no experience working with children and did not demonstrate an appropriate level of competence, the Examiner added.

The accusations leveled by these whistleblowers are just the latest indication of the Biden administration’s egregious failures when it comes to tackling the crisis resulting from the migrant surge, and perhaps this complaint will succeed in drawing attention to the devastating effects of unchecked illegal immigration not just on overwhelmed border communities, but also on the most vulnerable of the recent arrivals themselves.

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Guest (@guest_385325)
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1 month ago

Of course Biden has told them to lie that is all the Democrats do is lie & hate. They hate America, Republicans, whites, Hispanics, blacks and anyone else that get in their way! Talk about racist they are the ones that made racist a word! Their hypocrisy is so obvious & they think they are so shrewd that we do not see it but it is like a flashing neon light racist hypocrites who lie about everything & hate everyone & everything except power & money!! Enough get them out of office before we are all working in sweat camps for China!

Antogeny (@guest_385269)
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1 month ago

Downplay is just another word for coverup!

Shelia Williams (@guest_385252)
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1 month ago

The democrats did exactly what they planned on, to control the people one way or another! They want to create a Utopia, killing as many as they can and destroying every good thing. They are coming for your rights next! Socialism! They are wanting to do the same thing Hitler did and people are so gullible to let them do it! The young don’t understand, but older people do! I refuse let them intimidate me! I refuse to give in, they want to make the shot mandatory or make you take it! I will fight! Thank God he is moving and Trump is coming back soon!

Katee (@guest_385250)
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1 month ago

Not keeping those illegals in Mexico has been the worst decision the lunatic president has made, with the help of all democRATs in Congress. There is plenty of vaccine around, for the safety of all the people in the USA, they should have been vaccinated just like everyone else. We have all read the reports of the illegals being moved out in the middle of night to other states. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WITHOUT THE SAFETY OF OTHERS BEING CONSIDERED FIRST!!!!! Now here we go again with the spread of covid and you can only blame the democRATs. They should all be charged with murder every time someone dies, maybe assault with a deadly weapon for all who get sick. Brain cells are definitely lacking in DC.

Stephen Russell (@guest_385248)
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1 month ago

To spread the virus more nationwide & into Canada too

Farmer (@guest_385247)
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1 month ago

‘Children’ are mostly 17 to 18. Or so they say.

Thomas (@guest_385221)
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1 month ago

Enough already. Can we get OUR President back? The ONE we voted for??

SSg (@guest_385275)
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Reply to  Thomas
1 month ago

The only way is to lock & load it’s time people don’t wait any longer.

cozycalico (@guest_385211)
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1 month ago

Oh Biden what have you done? You stole the office with the boarder in the best condition ever and you destroyed it so quickly. You deserve to get COVID really bad for what you have done to our boarder and our country.

James may (@guest_385202)
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1 month ago

The un vaccinated people are not cuasing tge current civid outbreak. It is the liberals / democrats cuasing the current covid up surge by shipping sick illegal aliens all over the country.

You disgusting liberals / democrat thought you were sooooooo smart hating trump. Now look at the screwed up mess your trump hating voter fraud has cuase. You liberals / democrats deserve to be lined up and shot for your disgusting voter fraud and disease spreading.

Scorpiogirl (@guest_385219)
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Reply to  James may
1 month ago

Absolutely correct!!! I’m so sick of hearing that the unvaccinated are the ones making the numbers rise in the hospitals. It’s the vaccinated that are “SHEDDING”.

William Vital (@guest_385220)
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Reply to  James may
1 month ago

ALL of the illegals should be transported to Washington, DC instead of all over our country. Then let the Democraps in Congress take care of them all.

THOMAS (@guest_385195)
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1 month ago

All the illegal aliens that are infected with the virus should be housed with Democrat Politicians !
Make sure there are no less than 20 in each of their households !

Robert Fott (@guest_385192)
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1 month ago

Did anybody expect anything less of this “administration”? This order had to come from the top!! Miss President Trump yet? I do. Marine Bob

James may (@guest_385204)
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Reply to  Robert Fott
1 month ago

Hell yeah! Trump was a thousand times better then either biden or Obama.

bananasplit (@guest_385326)
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Reply to  Robert Fott
1 month ago

I pray hard every night Trump should come back soon before we lose this country from these
criminals who are running this country right now.!!! Please God help us and please listen to our
prayers.!!! My sister and I are doing this every night Trump will come back soon and save this great country.!!! I do believe in prayers.!!!

Squiggy (@guest_385183)
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1 month ago

And more then 200k came across just in JUNE!! I am so damn sick of the constant crap these Dumpocraps get away with.

James may (@guest_385203)
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Reply to  Squiggy
1 month ago

I a. At the point where when I see a car that has liberal / democrat stickers it immediately gets keyed f×@k yo is my go to keyed.

Newa (@guest_385181)
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1 month ago

Joe Biden get a backbone and close the Southern border you have caused too many problems

Oscar V Pearson (@guest_385175)
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1 month ago

What about the hotel in Texas full of infected illegals?

James may (@guest_385206)
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Reply to  Oscar V Pearson
1 month ago

Lock the doors and windows and burn the hotel.

Orangered (@guest_385171)
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1 month ago

And this people is why there is Covid and Delta going around because Biden the so-called Imperialist doesn’t care if we die. As long as they have the illegals to vote for them that is all they want. It is past time for this Administration to be Impeached and gotten rid of.

Lou (@guest_385176)
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Reply to  Orangered
1 month ago

I second that motion.

Christine DeClue (@guest_385178)
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Reply to  Orangered
1 month ago

This is why..We are having a big surge on covid..This administration is doing everything in there power to kill as many as they can…The don’t care about the American people are this great nation..This is the reason why they put a fence around the white house..

Squiggy (@guest_385184)
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Reply to  Orangered
1 month ago

I believe this is the work of the big jack gates. He’s deep into eugenics

THOMAS (@guest_385196)
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Reply to  Orangered
1 month ago

Get rid of them All permanently … have a mass hanging !

Greta (@guest_385170)
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1 month ago

The demorats show everyday just how corrupt they are. China joe wants to lock us down while his new voters spread God knows what throughout our nation. He and his entire group of socialists should be impeached and held accountable for this disaster.

THOMAS (@guest_385197)
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Reply to  Greta
1 month ago

Impeach then have a trial for TREASON … if and when found guilty HANG THEM ALL !

James may (@guest_385207)
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Reply to  Greta
1 month ago

Remember when the liberals / democrats were screaming trumps corrupt?

Yeah you didn’t know what corruption was did you. Obama was corrupt and biden is even more corrupt.

Trump was a choir boy compared to the democrats.

Ken Hall (@guest_385169)
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1 month ago

Hell the Governor of NY killed a lot of people with his stupid edicts and suffered no consequences.

Orangered (@guest_385172)
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Reply to  Ken Hall
1 month ago

And he should be held accountable for all those deaths–where was his brain putting people with covid into a nursing home.

Cindy Kryk (@guest_385182)
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Reply to  Orangered
1 month ago

He is an idiot. The family members of the deceased should file a case action lawsuit against him

James may (@guest_385208)
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Reply to  Cindy Kryk
1 month ago

No they should all get guns and go after him.

It is time to stop playing by the rules becuase tge democrats do not.

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Reply to  Orangered
1 month ago

Up his arse!🤷🏼‍♀️

THOMAS (@guest_385198)
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Reply to  Squiggy
1 month ago

The Governor of NY State needs to be staked to a fire ant hill and left to die and rot !

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Reply to  THOMAS
1 month ago

I what a mic put in front of his face and a baby goat to suck on his wiener.

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1 month ago

That’s not a “revelation”! Surprised-no. Disgusted-for sure!

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1 month ago

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