“The last thing — the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking…” Joe Biden commenting on the decisions of Texas and Mississippi to open up and eliminate COVID-19 restrictions.
Joe Biden and his supporters never miss an opportunity to remind us that they are the smart ones. They have the “experts” on their side. Their opponents are the “deplorables,” the “Neanderthals,” the “science deniers.” If only the ignorant masses would just do what they were told and get their minds right, things would run a lot more smoothly.
For a bright guy, though, Joe seems to do a lot of dumb things.
Take a look at the border. In the midst of what Joe assures us is an existential threat to the existence of the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe has dismantled Donald Trump’s border control policy, thrown open the gates and invited it appears anybody who can physically make it to our southern border to come on in.
The health consequences would seem obvious and devastating.
Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers do not test the migrants they apprehend. They “screen” the individuals they catch by looking for symptoms of COVID-19. Illegals caught at the border who do not obviously require medical care are then processed and released. They are sent on their way with an “honor system” promise to show up for a hearing many months in the future. Typically they are dropped off at bus stations and allowed to board commercial bus lines, which take them to onward destinations inside the United States.
There is no system in place to track where the migrants go. Once they have in hand the notice that a hearing has been scheduled, these individuals are legally allowed to go wherever they want inside the United States. The hearing notice acts as a de facto certificate of permission to remain inside the country. It is, in fact, typically referred to by illegals as a “permit.”
One of the main locations where illegals are dropped off after processing by the Border Patrol is the La Plaza bus station in Brownsville, Texas. City officials in Brownsville test illegals dropped off there after they are released by the Border Patrol. Since these individuals have already been processed and legally released, however, the city has no authority to hold them regardless of their test results. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to seek medical care, but they are not prevented from boarding buses and going anywhere they want inside the United States.
“The catch-and-release migrants are tested at the La Plaza Bus Terminal upon being dropped off by U.S. Customs & Border Protection,” Brownsville spokesman Felipe Romero told Newsweek. “The migrants who test positive at La Plaza Bus Terminal are advised of quarantine procedures and are asked to socially distance. There are several NGOs providing resources to those who test positive.”
There is no system in place requiring illegals who have been processed to be tested. Some towns and cities do so. Others do not.
According to the director of the Loaves and Fished food bank and shelter in Harlingen, Texas, one quarter of the illegals dropped off by the Border Patrol in his town have tested positive for COVID-19. As in Brownsville, since the illegals have been processed before being dropped off there is nothing that can be done to require them to quarantine or seek treatment. Even if they have obvious symptoms of the disease, they are allowed to remain in the country and to make onward travel anywhere they want.
The Biden administration has no plans to change the current system or to begin to arrest illegals apprehended crossing the border. About 20,000 people a week came across the border illegally in February. The rate at which people are crossing increases by the day as word of Biden’s more liberal approach to immigration spreads throughout Central America.
Just when you thought common sense had ceased to exist anywhere, though, there was recently a glimmer of hope. The CEO of the Greyhound bus company sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding that all illegal migrants released by DHS show proof that they were COVID-free before boarding buses.
“Our top priority is the safety of our employees and passengers,” said the letter. “We need assurance that any detainees released by ICE have proof of a negative COVID-19 test, similar to the proof required for international airline passengers who arrive at U.S. ports of entry. Greyhound already asks our customers to stay home and NOT travel if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with COVID. However, migrants simply do not have that choice unless the government or their sponsors house them while they quarantine. Therefore, it is critical to public safety that ICE provide 100% assurance that no one released that can be reasonably expected to ride a Greyhound bus be infected with COVID-19 (or mixed with other potential passengers that have tested negative
So, even if Joe and his “experts” can’t figure out what to do, at least the guy who runs Greyhound has not taken leave of his senses.
When Joe was running for President he had a lot to say about how competent he was and how much more decisively he would have acted back in early 2020 to head off the spread of the disease. There is no sign of that decisiveness or that alleged competence now. While Fauci talks to us about double-masking and states allowing people to go back to work and children to return to school are ridiculed, Biden has invited the entire world to walk across our southern border free of testing of any kind.
This is incompetence on a scale that almost defies comprehension. If this is what the experts recommend, I think I’ll stick with neanderthal thinking.