The White House mixed its covid messaging this week as the pandemic infects roughly 30,000 Americans each day, with Jen Psaki declaring the pandemic “is not over” despite the Biden administration ending Title 42 at the southern border.
“Covid is not over,” insisted the Press Secretary. “We have an obligation to protect our country, the American people, and make sure we take steps to prepare.”
The White House confirmed Friday they will end Donald Trump’s Title 42 immigration policy that prevents illegal immigrants from entering the US because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,” the Centers for Disease Control said in a statement.
“We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, evaluate asylum requests, and quickly remove those who do not qualify for protection,” said the DHS Chief. “We will increase personnel and resources as needed and have already redeployed more than 600 law enforcement officers to the border. We are referring smugglers and certain border crossers for criminal prosecution. Over the next two months, we are putting in place additional, appropriate COVID-19 protocols, including ramping up our vaccination program.”