Psaki grilled on why migrants aren’t required to be vaccinated but foreign nationals who fly are

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Saki says migrants crossing southern border and foreign nationals arriving by air ‘not the same thing’

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki responds to a question about why migrants do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the United States, but foreign nationals arriving by plane says conditions are comparable. are not.

During a White House press briefing, Saki was asked why immigrants crossing the US southern border are not asked for proof of vaccination.

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The question came as the White House announced on Monday that the United States would now require all foreign nationals to be vaccinated, and show proof of their immunization status, to enter the country.

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“As individuals cross the border, they are both assessed to see if they have any symptoms, if they do have symptoms, the intention is for them to isolate,” Saki said, referring to migrants in the US. He said, “This is our process.”

When further pressure was put on, Saki said that the conditions could not be compared.

“They don’t intend to stay here for long,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the same thing. It’s not the same thing.”

Saki’s comment came after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Closed Port of entry in Del Rio, Texas, diverting legal trade and the 57-mile journey to Eagle Pass, as well as closing border checkpoints to screen for illegal immigrants and illegal cargo, mainly Haitian migrants in heavy conditions After camping in

In Del Rio, officials have described an “out of control” situation as they scramble to deal with the influx of migrants, which has soared from 4,000 on Wednesday to 14,878 as of Saturday afternoon, lawmakers said. Was. Granthshala News images showed migrants crossing the border for hundreds of days.

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on Saturday, DHS announced More agents and staff were on the way and deportation flights are set to be increased in the coming days, while “our borders are not open” and most migrants will be expelled through Title 42 public health protection.

“We are expelling individuals based on Title 42 specifically because of COVID,” Saki said on Monday. “Because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering, posing a threat to the community and also to the migrants themselves.”

“So those are the policies that we have put in place,” Saki said, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that Title 42 “stay in place, given that we are facing a global pandemic.” ”

The administration has been facing an increase in migration since taking over, which has reached a high of more than 200,000 encounters a month in both July and August. The administration has blamed “root causes” such as violence, poverty and corruption, along with ending the Trump administration’s path to legal asylum.

Meanwhile, for the new international travel rules, the mandate is due to come into force in early November. The mandate also removes the 14-day quarantine requirement for foreign vaccinated travelers, but would require those individuals to test negative within three days of departure.

The CDC is currently determining which vaccines meet the US standard for foreign travelers.

Meanwhile, border restrictions on non-essential travel between the US, Canada and Mexico have been extended again until October 21.

Granthshala News’ Peter Ducey and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.


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