A number of Republicans have recently visited the border detention facility in Donna, Texas, which is currently overcrowded at about 1700% capacity, according to media reports. Photos showed migrants crammed in tiny “pods,” causing increased criticism of the administration’s treatment of child migrants in recent days.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Caorlina slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci in a series of tweets, implying that the top infectious disease doctor is ignoring the possibility of coronavirus spreading among illegal migrants at US border facilities.
“Paging Dr. Fauci: You need to go to the southern border and witness in person the biggest super spreader event in the nation – President [Biden’s] immigration policies,” Graham tweeted on Friday.
Graham’s remarks represent Republican dissatisfaction with the Biden administration and the president’s chief medical officer, who continue to preach masking, small meetings, and social distancing for Americans at a time when border facilities are overcrowded due to a migrant influx.
Asylum-seeking migrants’ families queue to board a bus as they wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrols after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in Penitas, Texas, U.S., March 26, 2021.
Graham said at the time that that the Biden administration was staging “a huge cover-up” to mask “massive system failure” in terms of its handling of the border crisis.
President Biden has also resisted calls to go to the border personally, telling reporters that he will do so “at some point.”
Officials with the Border Patrol estimate they are now dealing with a surge of 5,000 daily encounters with migrants. More than 100,000 apprehensions were registered on the southern border by US authorities in February 2021, with data for March expected to show a 50% rise over February, according to US media.
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