Immigration and border control aren’t just economic or political issues: they are public health issues.
Currently we have strict policies for those entering the United States (even U.S. citizens) legally via air travel. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires that all air passengers coming to the U.S. have a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery.
Yet those seeking to enter our land borders—including those entering illegally—do not face these same requirements. In fact, due to executive orders issued by the Biden administration, border officers are now releasing those entering our country illegally WITHOUT a COVID test and without ensuring they have a place where they can quarantine.
There is simply NO public health reason to impose greater restrictions on people entering the country via airplanes than on those entering on land. There is absolutely NO reason why those entering the country illegally should face fewer barriers due to COVID than those entering legally, including citizens of the United States.
In fact, from a public health standpoint, those illegally crossing borders represent a greater risk, as they are less likely to be able to take precautions to prevent COVID exposure, get vaccinations, or have access to preventative health care.
We must demand that the Biden administration applies all travel health requirements and COVID screening procedures to everyone equally and fairly, including those at the border.