A spokesperson for the City of Brownsville, Texas, said that the number of migrants who have tested positive for Covid-19 and released from U.S. custody has doubled in recent days.
Felipe Romero told Fox News that 185 migrants were dropped off at the city’s main bus station right before being rapid tested for the virus.
Fox News reported:
“The increased figures come as a camp housing around 800 migrants in nearby Matamoros closed Sunday, with most of those people being allowed onto U.S. soil.
Migrants once were forced to wait at the camp for their immigration cases to be processed under the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols policy, otherwise known as Remain-in-Mexico. But the Biden administration is now in the process of winding that effort down.
Romero said last week that Brownsville does not have the authority to prevent those who test positive for the coronavirus from traveling elsewhere in the U.S. — and are advising them to quarantine, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and social distance.”
“The president of the United States, Biden, helps the people because it’s necessary, you know,” Mario, a Honduran who spent eight months at the camp with his family, told Fox News.
White House sources also told Fox News that it is aware of Covid-positive migrants being allowed to travel, even if individuals who test positive should isolate for 14 days.