NBC News reports 18 percent of illegals—they say "migrants"—are testing positive for the virus, and some who could be sent back, won't because they're not cleared to fly.
New: More than 18 pct of families, 20 pct of children test positive for Covid upon leaving Border Patrol custody, according to internal DHS documents prepared to brief Biden this week. Documents blame Delta variant and crowded conditions. https://t.co/p4obH4MBMr— Julia E. Ainsley (@JuliaEAinsley) August 7, 2021
WASHINGTON — More than 18 percent of migrant families and 20 percent of unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the U.S. border tested positive for Covid on leaving Border Patrol custody over the past two to three weeks, according to a document prepared this week for a Thursday briefing with President Joe Biden.
Some flights scheduled to deport migrants had more than 25 percent of passengers test positive before departure, leading Immigration and Customs Enforcement to remove those migrants from the flights for quarantine in the U.S., according to the document.
The Department of Homeland Security document does not give precise dates or say how many migrants were tested.
Migrants are not tested for Covid in Border Patrol custody unless they show symptoms, but all are tested when they leave Border Patrol custody, according to DHS officials. Immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. to claim asylum are given tests when they are transferred to ICE, Health and Human Services or non-governmental organizations. Deportees who are scheduled to be put on planes out of the U.S. are tested for Covid and other infectious diseases by ICE.In addition, over 25 percent of migrants recently scheduled for some “expedited” deportation flights tested positive, says a document obtained .By Julia Ainsley, NBC News, August 7, 2021
No word if they're testing people before they fly them to other places in America, and nothing about whether they're being vaccinated. In an earlier story, above, I noted that some detainees in El Paso were refusing the vaccine—something they might not be able to do in Mexico, which has stronger (but less effective, because it's Mexico) public health laws than the US.