Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed that the federal government and his agency are seriously evaluating the possibility of implementing a “vaccination passport” type system for travelers entering and leaving the United States.
DHS is the agency that oversees the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which in turn is responsible for requiring and screening passenger documentation at all U.S. airports.
In an interview with ABC News on Friday, Mayorkas reported that the federal government is “looking very closely” at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for international travel.
As leftists are wont to do when announcing any measure that could generate controversy, such as the implementation of the vaccine passport, Mayorkas tinged the message with a somewhat confusing discourse that aimed to make it seem that the passport seeks inclusion, equity, and that no one is deprived of their right to be vaccinated.
“We’re taking a very close look at that, you know, one of our principles that has guided us throughout this pandemic is the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and making sure that any passport that we provide for vaccinations is accessible to all and that no one is disenfranchised,” Mayorkas said.
He closed by saying, “There is an underlying point here, of course, which is that everyone should be vaccinated.” This is precisely the point that generates controversy. The imposition of a vaccine passport hides behind it the obligation to be vaccinated. In this case, it is on top of a vaccine in the experimental phase and with enormous doubts about its effectiveness and a huge number of serious side effects reported.
Mayorkas’ announcement contradicts statements by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who assured reporters in mid-May that the Biden administration does not support any kind of federal vaccine passport system. Leaving the possibility of implementing it to the private sector, but not by federal authorities.
“‘It has not changed our view that the federal government will not be playing that role,” Psaki said in response to a question from reporters. “The private sector may, and it may prompt the private sector moving forward on actions, which is where we think it is appropriately situated.”
In addition to imposing a vaccine passport, as Mayorkas insinuated, a robust legal conflict would begin between the federal government and several states. Some states have already started legislating a ban on this type of requirement precisely because they consider it violates individual freedom in several aspects.
Such is the case of Florida and Texas, where Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott, respectively, recently signed measures prohibiting the requirement of vaccine passports throughout the state.
In the face of rumors of possible future regulations requiring citizens to be vaccinated against the CCP Virus by the Biden administration, Republican Representative Andy Biggs went a step further. In mid-April, he introduced legislation to Congress that, if passed, would prohibit federal agencies from creating so-called “vaccine passports” nationwide.
Since its approval depends on the Democratic majority, it is difficult for the bill to be approved.
The other problem facing the federal government is that many Americans do not wish to be vaccinated at all due to justified fears. This situation makes it even more challenging to make it mandatory because the negative impact on the administration’s image would be immediate.