The White House announced recently that it would finally ease COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on international travelers, provided that all who arrive from foreign nations provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Yet, those same requirements are not being imposed on migrants arriving in the U.S. at the southern border, as White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted under questioning from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, the New York Post reported.
In confirming that different standards were being applied to lawful international travelers compared to illicit border crossers, however, Psaki employed some rather nonsensical and twisted logic with no basis in reality, in addition to her typically smug and condescending attitude.
Psaki has it wrong
During Monday’s press briefing, Doocy first asked if the foreign nationals arriving in Del Rio, Texas — where a massive migrant encampment has been hastily established under a bridge — were being screened for proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results.
Psaki, as usual, attempted to dodge the question but Doocy interjected, noting that such was the policy for those who arrive on flights, and asked again if those arriving by crossing the Rio Grande River were similarly being asked to provide proof of vaccination, because, “It doesn’t sound like it.”
“Well, let me explain to you again, Peter, how our process works,” Psaki said with all of the arrogance she could muster. “As individuals — as individuals come across the border and — they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms. If they have symptoms, they are — the intention is for them to be quarantined; that is our process.”
“They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time. I don’t think it’s the same thing,” Psaki added.
Her response would seemingly suggest, according to Psaki, that migrants seeking asylum and residency are only in America for the short term while international business and vacation travelers are presumably planning to stay in America for the long term, which is exactly the opposite of reality.
It gets worse
Doocy pressed the matter and asked Psaki to explain the difference, given that the migrants are already here, but Psaki again employed twisted logic and argued that “It’s not the same thing,” since some migrants were being expelled or deported.
Rather ironically, in light of the indisputable facts on the ground in Del Rio, Psaki added, “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,” which is the exact situation that is ongoing and worsening by the day.
Peter Doocy asks why vaccine cards are required for foreign travelers but not migrants at the border.
Psaki: “They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time. It’s not the same thing.” pic.twitter.com/NLA8G8fT2s
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) September 20, 2021
This White House increasingly appears to be completely detached from reality and their blatant gaslighting to cover over and distract away from their utter failures is as ridiculous in its absurdity as it is shocking in its utter deceitfulness.