Social distancing is the same as immigration law; neither applies at the U.S. – Mexico border.
Exhibit A: Fauci’s testimony under oath on Thursday before the House Select Subcommittee on the COVID-19.
Republicans criticized the Biden administration’s handling the border situation and the nation’s official spokesperson for the pandemic restrictions silence about it.
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The most intense exchange within these lines appeared as GOP House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana showed images of overcrowding at a Donna, Texas overflow detention facility for unaccompanied children. Those kids came to the U.S. illegally from Central America.
Scalice declared that the facility was keeping more than 4,000 children. The Louisiana Republican visited the border with his coworkers last week.
He shared facts that contrasted the conditions at the border with Mexico’s Centers for Disease Control and prevention guidance, which was at the highest level (level 4) of coronavirus in Mexico.
CDC warned America’s population off of any travel to Mexico. “Because of the situation in Mexico, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Mexico.”
“Then we talk about traveling back into the United States — this is only if you’re an American citizen,” he continued quoting CDC guidelines. “All air passengers coming to the United States, including citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have COVID-19 test results no more than three days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before they board a flight to the United States.”
When Scalise returned to Louisiana, more than half of the plane consisted of people from facilities similar to Donna, Texas. ”Who were getting on these flights not being tested for COVID, in violation of [CDC] guidance.”
Showing the images of the abovementioned facility, Scalise required an answer from Fauci. ‘’ If this look[s] like social distancing to you, that you require when you talk about six feet [of personal space].”
“No,”- replied Fauci.
But, Scalice didn’t stop here, he continued. “They’re violating the very guidance that you tell Americans to follow — a restaurant in the United States would be shut down today if they were being run like this, yet the federal government, the Biden administration, is running this facility.”
We all want to know the answer to Scalise’s question, why the Biden administration wouldn’t end the border crisis, also, why specific officials don’t want to visit the border and see the terrible situation there.
“They’re violating every [piece of] guidance that Americans are required to follow,”
“No doubt it’s a very difficult situation at the border,” Fauci replied. “I mean, obviously everyone would like to see that situation fixed, I know that it’s a very difficult situation.”
During the testimony, Fauci was evasive on the subject, especially when Scalise was imposing the questions.
“And that’s allowed — but a vaccinated person can’t go to a restaurant?” Scalise added when he referred to one of Fauci’s more ludicrous pronouncements of late. “Kids packed in crowded, poorly ventilated cells six inches, not six feet, apart for 20 hours a day or more — but we can’t open schools for in-person learning?”
The silence that Fauci offered was something more than a Thursday thing. On Fox News, Fauci spoke to Neil Cavuto: “I have nothing to do with the border. … Having me down at the border, that’s really not what I do.”
It is an interesting attitude for Fauci to be taking right now because – what doesn’t Dr. Fauci do? This is the other side that comes with the responsibility of being the famous oracle of life under coronavirus.
Another problem appears when Fauci says, “everyone would like to see that situation fixed.”
No, they wouldn’t. Biden and his administration created the conditions when a massive influx of illegal immigrants appeared at the southern border, assuring many of them would be unaccompanied children and family units by the Trump’s revoking part guidance named Title 42. That would allow the illegal immigrants to be returned to their state if there wasn’t enough space in the facilities.
Biden and his administration kept Title 42, too, but the children were exceptions. That is why the border crisis looks like it is led by unaccompanied children and family units with children.
“We have made a decision that we can address the public health imperative while addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable children,” Alejandro Mayorkas stated.