Report: Border Patrol Not Testing Immigrants For COVID-19 At Border, Challenges To Testing ‘Insurmountable’

Report: Border Patrol Not Testing Immigrants For COVID-19 At Border, Challenges To Testing ‘Insurmountable’


The United States Custom and Border Protection Agency told the New York Times Wednesday that it is not testing any of the illegal immigrants it intercepts coming across the United States-Mexico border for COVID-19 because the “challenges” to conducting so much testing are “insurmountable.”

Instead, the agency is relying on non-profits, immigrant advocacy organizations, and other groups that care for, house, and organize travel for those who recently jumped the border seeking asylum, to handle COVID-19 screening.

“As the United States vaccinates larger numbers of people and several states begin to reopen after seeing lower infection rates, the failure of U.S. authorities to test adult migrants for the coronavirus in jam-packed border processing centers is creating a potential for new transmissions,” the New York Times noted in its expose.

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“[T]he Border Patrol is conducting no testing for the coronavirus during the several days that the newly arrived migrants are in U.S. custody except in cases where migrants show obvious symptoms,” the outlet

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