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Policy Issue:

COVID + Safe Borders

COVID health requirements should be applied to all travelers equally and fairly, including those caught crossing the U.S. border illegally.


Tell the Biden administration to implement SAFE border policies.

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HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Currently, we have stricter COVID screening policies for people entering the U.S. by airplane than we do for people coming over land borders—including people coming illegally. 

Right now, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires that all non-citizen air passengers coming to the U.S. have proof of vaccination for COVID-19.  All passengers, including U.S. citizens, must also provide contact information within 72 hours before the flight’s departure.

Yet those seeking to enter our land borders—including those entering illegally—do not face these same requirements. For months now, border officials have been releasing migrants who have tested positive for COVID-19 into communities without notifying local police or even requiring infected persons to wear masks and without ensuring they have a place where they can quarantine.  This puts all of us, including the migrants, at risk.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

Why should someone flying to the U.S. face greater restrictions than someone crossing a land border? It makes no sense. It isn’t fair and it’s dangerous.

It is even MORE critical that we have border control since people coming from around the world could bring new variants that could undermine the enormous sacrifices we have already made to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Americans are still reeling from COVID and its aftermath. We should not let unsafe border policies reverse our progress.

This isn’t a political issue; it’s a matter of public health.

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