Immigrant families were unable to board a deportation flight to Central America after a positive COVID-19 test or after being infected with the virus, according to Homeland Security (DHS) officials.
The Byden administration scheduled the first swift removal flight to bring immigrants illegally entering the United States back to their home countries on Friday, but several were not allowed to fly due to concerns about COVID-19, anonymous DHS officials said in Washington. I told the post. After an increase in the number of illegal immigrants in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, flights resumed and governments were asked to escalate enforcement measures in the area.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Friday, “The rapid removal process is a legitimate means of managing borders safely and towards our broader goal of achieving safe and orderly immigration. It’s just a step. ” “By placing them in a quick dropout family that cannot be expelled under Title 42, we make it clear that people who are not eligible to stay in the United States will drop out quickly.”
According to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Trump-era public health order, known as Title 42, was enacted in March 2020, allowing the Border Protection to expedite most immigrants who illegally entered the United States. increase. In 2021, about 500,000 migrants were banished by order.
According to the post, nearly 150 migrant families were scheduled to board two flights organized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials from Brownsville, Texas. Only about 75 people boarded flights to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and vacant seats were directed to one COVID-19-negative adult.
Posts reported that US officials used electronic nationality verification on so-called “node dock flights” to verify immigrant home countries because most of the immigrants’ home countries illegally entered the United States without identification.
More than 20,000 migrants were arrested in the Rio Grande Valley during the week of July 25, said Brian Hastings, border guard captain of the Rio Grande Valley sector. According to the post, US detention facilities and humanitarian organizations have struggled to accept immigrants, including an increase in the number of people who test positive for COVID-19.
Only migrants transferred under ICE control will be tested for COVID-19, but migrants at CBP facilities will not normally be tested. Immigrants must test negative for the virus before boarding a deportation flight. Those who test positive should be quarantined before returning to their home country.
By Kaylee Greenlee
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