After a couple million flood our border the DHS decides to test and vaccinate the vermin.
It’s akin to closing the barn doors after the horses get out.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine was chosen because it is a one-dose vaccine that will be more practical for transient people. If they aren’t showing up for processing their asylum claims with ICE, are they going to show up for a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines? Not likely. A limited number of migrants have already received the vaccine while being held in longer-term ICE detention facilities. DHS will vaccinate them as soon as they cross the border and wait to be processed by Border Patrol agents.
The plan hasn’t been finalized and as with most Biden administration policies, the gist of the change is announced with little or no details. They want you to think they are doing something. In the case of the southern border, the Biden border crisis has produced such a humanitarian crisis that this new policy seems like a drop in the bucket. The only ones who won’t be offered a vaccine are those who are immediately deported upon arrival through Title 42. The Biden administration was actually thinking of discontinuing the use of Title 42 because the Bad Orange man used it to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As with the previous administration’s other border policies, the use of Title 42 has been very effective. Biden is so Trump-deranged that his hasty decisions to do away with Trump’s actions against illegal immigration have backfired spectacularly. Fortunately, Title 42 is still in place, despite pressure from open borders advocates.
DHS says it will “continue to monitor and reassess” pandemic protocols. This vaccine policy may actually help the human toll from border chaos if it protects Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement on the border. It can help mitigate the latest surge in cases due to the Delta variant. In Texas, for example, the daily case count exceeded 10,000 last week for the first time since February. Governor Abbott is fighting with the Biden administration to restrict bus companies and other transportation on the ground from moving migrants around the state or other states, spreading COVID-19. The latest development in that fight is that a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against the governor’s order.
Vaccinating migrants already infected with COVID-19 will do nothing to stop the spread of the virus. We have no idea how many of them are already infected as they cross the border because the Border Patrol doesn’t test them. They are too overwhelmed and short-handed to take the time to do that. Testing migrants falls to local communities where they are taken. Local communities along the border are over-stressed and have too few resources to cope with the flood of migrants, often dumped into their communities without advance notice being given to local officials. Border Patrol agents are experiencing an uptick in their own cases of COVID now that the Delta variant is a part of the equation. That means even fewer people are working on the border.