Democratic U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa said it’s “not even a reality” that illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border are bringing COVID-19 here — and then proceeded to blame “unvaccinated” Americans for “spreading it.”
Axne made her comments during the “Let’s Talk Guthrie County” podcast on Raccoon Valley Radio earlier this week.
What are the details?
The program’s host noted to the congresswoman that “Customs and Border Protection have apprehended more than 176,000 migrants from July 1st to July 28th of this year” and then asked for Axne’s take in regard to illegal immigrants crossing the border with COVID-19 and possibly infecting U.S. citizens.
Here’s how Axne replied:
Despite Axne’s strident declarations, last week the city of McAllen, Texas, said the CBP released over 7,000 illegal immigrants with confirmed COVID-19 cases into their community since mid-February — including over 1,500 new cases in the week leading up to the city’s announcement.
Last month, fellow congressional Democrat Henry Cuellar called on the Biden administration to send additional resources to Department of Homeland Security agents at risk of contracting COVID from mostly unvaccinated migrants.
In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reportedly changed its COVID-19 guidelines to allow the Biden administration to house migrant children in shelters at 100% capacity rather than the previous 50% level to make room amid the border surge.