GOP congressman laments growing ‘COVID problem’ at southern border

With migrants flooding the U.S.–Mexico border just weeks into Joe Biden’s presidency, questions abound over whether the surge could worsen the ongoing public health crisis brought on by COVID-19. Now, one GOP congressman is sounding the alarm loud and clear.

Speaking Friday, Republican Rep. John Katko of New York said plainly that “there’s going to be a COVID problem” at America’s southern border if decisive action isn’t taken soon, as Breitbart reported.

“They’re not testing them”

Katko, who serves as ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, recently traveled to the border with fellow lawmakers to witness first-hand the extent of the border crisis.

Soon after, according to Breitbart, he appeared on Fox News Radio’s Fox Across America program to detail his findings.

Referencing lockdowns and business closures brought on by the coronavirus, Katko said: “Think about this: We can’t even go to church like we used to. Our schools are still shut down, a lot of them.”

“Our northern border with Canada, which is a very secure border, is completely shut down because of COVID,” he added before turning his attention to the border, according to Breitbart. “Yet, hundreds of thousands of people are coming across, and they’re not testing them before they’re releasing them into the community.”

Katko went on: “So, of course, there’s going to be a COVID problem down there. And it’s the ultimate irony that [on] our neighbors to the north, who we’re very friendly with, we’re not budging on the border issue. On the south, we are.”

The crisis compounds

Despite protests to the contrary from White House officials and their acolytes in the media, there does appear to be a growing problem at the border related to the coronavirus — and thus far, it doesn’t seem much is being done to stem it.

The Hill reported in mid-March that, according to testimony from the acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), roughly 6% of migrants coming into the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

Compounding the issue, a damning report from Politico earlier this month revealed that “the federal government does not have a centralized system for tracking or responding to COVID-19 cases among the surge of migrants crossing the United States’ southern border.”

Ashish Jha, who serves as dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, told Politico that a “good surveillance system” is vital ” to prevent infection to others.”

“The crisis at the border has been going on for a while,” he said. “You would think we would have worked out a process and a system by now where we would have an understanding of who was running the tests, what centralized entity was tracking those tests, and who was in charge of following up on the results and acting on those results.” You would think.

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    1. Your comment is probably in the same place as mine is. In the trash. We are not allowed an opinion anymore.

  2. They keep us all locked down, yet let hordes of infected illegals flood in! What sense does that make? Are they hoping for another surge, to keep us locked down, so our economy tanks? Something isn’t right! Joebama and the ho and the rest of the demonrat horde is up to something nefarious!

  3. Why are illegals allowed in America with Covid they need to go back to President Trump deal with Mexico this is absurd dangerous we are shutdown and letting foreigners in here crazy 😜😜😜😜😜

  4. Nothing is being done because they won’t even admit it’s happening. I believe they think it’s just going to go away by itself and they won’t look bad. Treason is Treason.

    We have fools in charge of our country.

  5. Oh but AMERICANS are required to wear a mask everywhere, kid’s aren’t to play with other kid’s without a mask now according to the fraud Fauci, BUT immigrants can come into our country without being tested???? And NOW they’re saying we need a medical card 🤪, this is a Nazi government!!

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