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Biden allowing migrants to enter without Covid-19 testing, says GOP Rep: 'Mexican drug cartels control border'

Texas Rep Pat Fallon criticized the 'Biden border crisis,' claiming that Covid-19 positive migrants were being allowed to enter the country without being detained, tested, or quarantined
Joe Biden's border policy was criticized by Texas GOP Rep. Pat Fallon (Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons)
Joe Biden's border policy was criticized by Texas GOP Rep. Pat Fallon (Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons)

Patrick Edward Fallon, Republican Party member and representative for Texas's 4th congressional district, said on the conservative American news channel Newsmax TV that President Joe Biden’s open border policies are handing over control of the country's southern border to Mexican drug cartels. 

The number of migrants apprehended at the southwestern border of the United States is expected to reach a two-decade high, as per reports. Yet, the Biden administration has by no means opened up the borders. While the Biden administration has made it easier for kids and some families to enter the United States, the border is still largely closed off for most migrants, noted various reports


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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he makes a statement at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Building on February 10, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Despite this, Republicans are blaming Biden for the surge. Fallon said, "Ask yourself this question: Do you want the federal government to oversee and secure the border, or do you want the Mexican drug cartels to run it? Because right now the Mexican drug cartels de facto are controlling our southern border."

"It's very clear that you can't have both an open border and a welfare state; you just can't," Fallon told host Sean Spicer. "When you have five million people in the world trying to get [into] this country legally and we're allowing people to cut the line and mass unlawful migration, it's un-American."

"Let's be really clear: It's the Biden border crisis," he said, adding he was a "proud, deplorable Neanderthal,” additionally claiming that the Biden administration was permitting Covid-19 positive migrants to enter the country without being detained, tested, or quarantined. "Apparently they're not following the science; it definitely makes no sense whatsoever," he said. "They're just trying to appease their radical progressive left his base at the expense of the American people. This is not leadership. This is weakness. This is not putting America first."

Mexican deportees walk across the U.S.-Mexico border bridge while being released by U.S. immigration authorities into Mexico on February 23, 2021, in Matamoros, Mexico. The group from the southern Mexican state of Chiapas said they had been in U.S. Border Patrol custody for only a couple of hours after they were captured trying to cross into Texas from Mexico. (Getty Images)

His claim about Covid-19 infected migrants entering the country is false. The New York Times reported that asylum seekers with pending cases who returned to Mexico under the Trump-era program must test negative before entering the United States.

Those who test positive with mild or no symptoms are required to quarantine for ten days, while those who show severe symptoms must seek treatment in Mexico, according to the State Department. The Times added that as per Bob Fenton, the acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, migrants were testing positive at a rate of “less than six percent” across the entire border, noting that “the notion that migrants are spreading the virus unchecked is hyperbolic.”

Pat Fallon in his interview had said that "Americans of Hispanic descent are trending heavily to the Republican Party" in the "border regions". According to him, "They're sick of one-party rule and this craziness that the left is putting out there," adding, "We have to do what's in the best interest of our country, and that is protecting the American citizens because if you're not safe, you're not free."