Democrats Block GOP Bill to Test Illegal Immigrants for COVID-19

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by Catherine Smith


Democrats blocked a bill sponsored by Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), which would require the Department of Homeland Security to test all migrants crossing illegally into the country for COVID-19, Breitbart reports.

Republicans put forward a motion to block the previous question on a piece of legislation Tuesday that would allow for the consideration of Miller-Meeks’ legislation, the Requiring Every Alien to Receive a COVID-19 Test (REACT) Act. This bill would mandate that the Homeland Security Department (DHS) test all migrants crossing the border illegally that the DHS releases into the country, Breitbart reported.

According to a news release from Miller-Meeks, as of March 8th, the federal government released 185 migrants into Brownsville, Texas who have tested positive for the coronavirus. The release also said that current law does not require the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement to test illegal immigrants for coronavirus,” according to the report.

Currently only those who show Covid symptoms are tested and treated before release from custody.

The CBP is reportedly encountering more than 3,000 migrants per day, which is approaching the levels of the 2019 border crisis, according to the report.

Miller-Meeks said on the House floor Tuesday night:

This week, I traveled to El Paso, Texas, to meet with CBP agents and officers. I saw firsthand the crisis they are facing, and I believe it is our job in Congress to address it and assist them. Approximately 50% of agents have tested positive for COVID-19, and very few migrants are being tested. My REACT Act would require that every migrant released from CBP or ICE custody is tested and receives a negative test. Border security and immigration is not an issue that only affects border states, it affects every community across the country. By ensuring that individuals entering the country are negative for COVID-19, we can help keep our communities safe and healthy.

Democrats voted to advance the previous question, or against Miller-Meeks’ bill, with 212 votes in against and 200 votes in favor of the Iowa Republicans’ legislation.

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Catherine Smith reports for American Greatness.










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5 Thoughts to “Democrats Block GOP Bill to Test Illegal Immigrants for COVID-19”

  1. Rob

    Make a correction, they are Not “Migrants” they are ILLEGAL Invaders. The same as the North Africans are to Italy & Europe. I care more about my bowel movements than these Varmint Trash Illegals & Pigressives!

  2. David Longfellow

    Democrats seem hell bent on proving they hate America. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  3. LEdwards

    OK…is Trump waiting to see how this is going to work for the States? We have to get back to “We the People of the People.” Legislators have to go back to working for us! They have to started listening to the desires of We the People. We go to county commission meetings…do they let the people speak? No! We go to City meetings do they allow the people to speak? No! We speak to our state legislators do they listen to the people speak…maybe a few.

    Trump said it…it’s up to you the people. We have to take back our individual states. Our legislators have to understand we don’t need them if they don’t represent their district. We take back states when we have good, honest, God fearing people willing to run for office. We take back our cities, counties and states when We the People watch and hold accountable our leaders which actually helps them stay honest.

    Its time people stop complaining and It’s time to email your legislators, they read those emails. Call your County Commissioners. If they don’t listen run against them or work really hard to get them out. Together in unity we will take back our nation.

  4. Karen

    Why is it that demonrats can’t see that they talk out of both sides of their mouths? How do they do this with a straight face? Why in the world would they object to having these invaders tested? Oh yeah….that’s the only way they can get votes! The dims have ruined this country! I have hope that they will pay dearly for it some day.

  5. Steve Allen

    Oh the hypocrisy of the left. Lock downs for the peons but we’ll just open the floodgate and let in the infected third worlders. The only way the left could gain power is to cheat in the elections, oh yea, that’s what they did.