Mayorkas says Haitian migrants beneath Del Rio bridge weren’t examined for COVID-19
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday advised reporters that the almost 15,000 migrants who have been camped out beneath the Del Rio bridge in squalid circumstances final week weren’t examined for COVID-19, and he doesn’t know if anybody bought sick with the contagious virus whereas there.
Mayorkas was requested in regards to the Biden administration’s use of Title 42 public well being protections which are deployed to shortly expel migrants who’ve come to the border, utilizing the COVID-19 pandemic as a rationale. Mayorkas confused that it was a public well being measure to guard the inhabitants and the migrants themselves and never an immigration measure.
When requested how lots of the predominantly Haitian migrants who have been camped out beneath the bridge in packed circumstances examined optimistic for the virus, Mayorkas mentioned he didn’t know.
“We didn’t check that inhabitants of people,” Mayorkas mentioned. “We have no idea, I have no idea, I ought to say if I could also be completely correct, I have no idea if anybody was sick with COVID. We definitely had some folks get sick, not with COVID to my information and we addressed their diseases.”
He mentioned that the U.S. had surged 150 medical personnel to cope with the well being points the migrants might have had and that medical services have been arrange within the space.
Mayorkas mentioned that as much as 30,000 folks have been encountered in Del Rio since Sept. 9 and that as many as 15,000 have been concentrated there at one time.
Roughly 12,400 people are anticipated to have their instances heard by an immigration choose to determine whether or not they are going to be allowed to stay within the U.S.
One other 8,000 have chosen to return to Mexico, whereas an estimated 5,000 migrants are being processed by DHS, which can decide whether or not they are going to be deported or positioned in an immigration processing middle, Mayorkas mentioned. Solely 2,000 have been deported.
“Migrants proceed to be expelled beneath the CDC’s Title 42 authority,” Mayorkas mentioned. “Title 42 is a public well being authority and never an immigration coverage.”
Fox Information’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.