While it might not receive nearly as much airtime as it should, the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border is still a very real threat, and perhaps an even greater threat than ever imagined if factoring in the COVID-19 virus.
According to the Washington Examiner, a growing number of Republicans, including Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), are blaming a recent surge in COVID-19 cases around the country at least partially on President Joe Biden’s virtually unchecked immigration crisis.
The data is alarming
Reynolds doesn’t appear to be tossing accusations without evidence, as it was revealed during a press conference that in the first two weeks of July, 135 detained illegal immigrants tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Making matters even worse is another chilling detail revealed at the presser, regarding a 900% increase in COVID-19 cases in illegal immigrants over the past 14 months — and those are only the numbers resulting from the illegals who have been detained and tested.
Countless illegals manage to make it across the border undetected on a regular basis, adding an unknown quotient of infected people pouring across the southern U.S. border.
“Part of the problem is the southern border is open and we’ve got 88 countries that are coming across the border and they don’t have vaccines, so none of them are vaccinated, and they’re getting dispersed throughout the country,” Reynolds said during the press conference.
Notably, Reynolds is one of a handful of governors of Republican-led states that have volunteered some of their own law enforcement officers to help out agents and police at the southern U.S. border.
Critics fire back
Not surprisingly, pro-immigration advocates have already taken shots at Reynolds for making such an accusation, claiming that she’s only doing so to distract from her own perceived pandemic-related failures in Iowa.
“For her to cry wolf about this doesn’t seem to make sense in light of the fact that she hasn’t done the work here in Iowa to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated,” said Joe Henry, state political director for the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa.
“For her to say that, we consider that hate mongering,” Henry told NBC News. “She needs to be doing her job here in Iowa. We’re still having a problem here in Iowa with people being vaccinated.”
But Reynolds’ accusation isn’t unreasonable if one simply looks at the math. According to a previous report from the Examiner, 190,000 illegal aliens attempt to cross the border in June alone, setting a 21-year record high. With so many going untested, it’s not a stretch to presume that infected illegals have undoubtedly contributed to America’s COVID-19 resurgence.
The Iowa governor, and those who agree with her assessment, might just be on to something.