White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made an absurd claim during Monday’s press briefing about migrants who illegally enter the United States.
Psaki argued that illegals do not need to present proof of vaccination at the border they fly into the U.S. because the illegal aliens – according to her – are “not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time.”
This came after the White House on Monday announced that the United States will now require all foreign nationals to be vaccinated, and show proof of their vaccination status, in order to enter the country.
The bizarre remarks made by Psaki as to why illegals are not being held to the same standard came during an exchange with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy.
“I have a question about what’s going on at the border is somebody asking the foreign nationals who are walking in and Del Rio, Texas and setting up camps on this side of the border for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test?” Doocy asked.
Psaki began, “Well, first of all I can I can re-address for you, or re-talk you through what steps we take–“
Doocy further questioned, “That’s the policy for people who fly into the country. So if somebody walks into the country, right across the river, does somebody asked them to see their vaccination card?”
Psaki said, “Well, let me explain to you again, Peter, how our process works. As individuals, as individuals come across the border, and they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms, if they have symptoms they are, the intention is for them to be quarantined, that is our process.”
“They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time. I don’t think it’s the same thing. It’s not the same thing.”
“These are individuals, as we’ve noted, and as we’ve been discussed, we’re expelling individuals based on Title 42, specifically because of COVID, because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering, posing a threat to the community and also to the migrants themselves. So, those are the policies that we put in place, in large part because, again, the CDC continues to recommend Title 42 to be in place given we’re facing a global pandemic.”
Doocy later pressed Psaki about the Vice President, “Where’s the vice president on any of this, isn’t she supposed to be addressing the root causes of migration?”
“Absolutely, and she has been addressing the root causes of migration by working with countries in the region to ensure they have the assistance they need to reduce the number of people who are coming and trying to make those journeys across the border,” Psaki responded. “We’ve actually seen some reductions in some of those numbers. That doesn’t change the fact that this is a very challenging situation in Del Rio, we’re working to implement our policies and we’re working to ensure we are also addressing root causes.”
Author: Lars Sillen