WH: COVID-Positive Migrants Quarantine at the Border When There Are Symptoms Displayed, Testing Is Done

By Melanie Arter | March 4, 2021 | 11:52am EST
Migrants hold a demonstration demanding clearer United States migration policies, at San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on March 2, 2021. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Migrants hold a demonstration demanding clearer United States migration policies, at San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on March 2, 2021. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that quarantining is part of what happens when to COVID positive migrants at the border when they show symptoms and when they are tested, but she did not explain how they are quarantined.

A reporter pointed out that since Jan. 25, at least 108 migrants tested positive for COVID-19 after they crossed the border, and in some cases, they were allowed to board buses into the United States. 


Psaki was asked what the administration is doing to make sure this doesn’t contribute to spreading the coronavirus and whether the administration was looking at creating shelters for people who test positive.

“Well, first, the majority of people who come to the border — families, adults — are turned away, and that remains the case because we are still abiding by Title 42 at the border,” the press secretary said.

“In the narrow and limited instances in which migrants are placed in alternatives to detention while their cases are being adjudicated, testing for COVID-19 is done at the state and local level and with help of NGOs and local governments.  So that is a consistent part of our approach and what we do as migrants come in at the border,” Psaki said.

“Of course, our guidance, regardless of status, is — testing positive for COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-like symptoms — is to isolate, continue to social distance, wear a mask, and seek medical attention if needed.  But as a part of our process, individuals are — who are adjudicated are tested for COVID-19, in partnership with state and local authorities,” she added.

When asked if there’s a need to isolate the migrants to make sure they don’t spread COVID-19, Psaki said, “Well, certainly isolation — or isolating, quarantining is a part of — is a part of what our recommended health guidelines are, and certainly part of what happens at the border when there are symptoms that are displayed and when testing is done.”

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