By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
As the United States is finally beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of novel coronavirus infections, we are reminded how grave the covid-19 situation remains in Mexico, where infections and the death toll continues to rise. (As of Thursday, March 4, there were more than 2.1 million officially confirmed cases of covid in the country, but international medical experts estimate that the real figure is at least four times as high.)
Here in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott announced Wednesday, March 3, that the state is now reopening fully for business, but in Mexico, most schools remain closed and countless businesses are still shuttered, while people are panicking over the situation.
All people flying into the United States from all foreign countries — including Mexico — are required to show a negative NAAT or antigen viral test proving that they are not infected with covid.
But those coming into the country by land — including undocumented migrants who are given free access to travel anywhere they want — are not.
So why is the Joe Biden administration letting these people enter the country without testing them?
It should come as no surprise that many of them turn out to be infected.
According to a report in Forbes, in Brownsville alone, a city spokesperson, Felipe Romero, said that between Jan. 25 and March 1, a total of 108 migrants had tested positive after being dropped off in his city, or just over three per day, a positivity rate of 6.3 percent.
Although he told Telemundo these migrants were advised to quarantine, most of them simply ignored the advise, got on a bus and headed out across the United States.
This is from an ABC News reports: “Miriam Izaguirre, a 35-year-old asylum-seeker from Honduras, crossed the Río Grande at dawn Monday with her young son and turned herself in to the authorities. A few hours later, she was released, and the first thing she did was take a rapid test for covid-19 at the Brownsville bus station. They told her her test came out positive. ‘Right now, we were tested for covid and they separated about eight of us because we were positive,’ she told Noticias Telemundo Investiga. ‘We are waiting right now.’ She was waiting to catch a bus to Houston.”
The report went on to point out that “other migrant families who also said they had tested positive were waiting to go to other destinations: North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey.”
I can’t help but wonder what they are thinking about this in North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey?
And now we hear that a growing number of underage migrants will be arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“In January, U.S. Border Patrol caught 7,300 unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally, the highest number of arrests in the month of January in at least a decade and up from 4,500 a month earlier,” Reuters reported on Tuesday, March 2.
All this begs questions: How are these underage migrants getting to the border? Who is taking them there? What criminal elements are potentially using these kids or charging their parents money to bring them to the border?
In the meantime, the Biden administration tells us that there is no crisis on the border.
According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, this is just a case of “loving parents” sending their kids north … sending them north, to break U.S. immigration law.
SILVIO CANTO, JR. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.
…March, 5, 2021