President Joe Biden insisted the migrants were not threatened with the spread of COVID-19 but treated Customs and Border Protection officials as supersastors, agreeing to talk to agents and review agency documents.
The agency ordered vaccinated Border Patrol agents to wear masks to perform multiple official duties, even as Biden began to step down on a Trump administration policy that gave the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection broad authority to deter migrants who may carry disease. . The directive on June 15, signed by former deputy Raul Ortiz, ordered that “U.S. Border Patrol staff, contractors, and visitors be fully vaccinated, due to the increased risk of situations involving potential contact with detainees, employees, and the public. . ‘”
Those “setting operations” cover almost all of the duties for agents patrolling the border, according to an official who told the Washington Free Beacon. That is why, in addition to the officer, many supervisors ignored the order, which also ordered agents to wear a mask during “field training… where physical contact could be expected.”
“It’s definitely annoying,” the official said. “That’s probably after our supervisors told us not to worry about it and they wouldn’t enforce it.”
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask, whether indoors or outdoors. Biden also announced that White House staff no longer have to wear masks when in the office.
COVID-19 cases have surged in migrant detention facilities in the last few months as the Biden administration works to reverse pandemic safety measures adopted by the Trump administration. According to data provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more than 40 per cent of all COVID-19 cases, more than 7,500 in total, were in facilities from the start of the pandemic recorded from April to July this year. READ MORE
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