On Wednesday, August 4, the Texas border town of McAllen revealed the troubling reality that a large number of illegal border crossers released into the area were infected with COVID-19.
According to officials of the city, since last Wednesday, the city had reported nearly 1,500 unlawful migrants who carried the novel virus were released by Border Patrol agents, according to the Washington Examiner.
The official added that the overall number of COVID-19 positive migrants released into McAllen since February had amounted to nearly 7,000 individuals. The outlet added that after the test result was given, the migrants would be quarantined for two short days and later released.
Speaking of the massive amount of CCP (COVID) virus-infected migrants admitted into its community, the authorities of McAllen were forlorn.
“The sheer number of immigrants being released into the city has become a crisis: a crisis the City of McAllen did not create and has proactively tried to avoid for seven years,” the city said in a statement, as reported by Olean Times Herald.
The statement also said that the “shockingly large number of immigrants” that Customs and Border Protection released had pushed humanitarian services in the city for migrants to the edge.
According to the Washington Examiner, the shelter, with a capacity limited to 1,236 individuals at any given time, during the first few days of August had been holding nearly 1,900 migrants. The daily average figure in early July was just 750, which rocketed to 1,100 two weeks later.
“This significant change increases the threat of COVID spread or other lawlessness within the city,” the statement said, declaring a “local state of disaster.”
Following the declaration, the city requested reimbursement from the federal and state governments for costs incurred in responding to the emergency. This includes the cost of hiring a different facility several miles north that can accommodate more people.
McAllen additionally asked Hidalgo County to install an emergency management center somewhere in the city to assist them with the “overwhelming” amount of migrants being liberated.
The Olean Times Herald said the officials had not received any “single word” from anyone in the Biden administration when they asked for a pause in its open border policies.
Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order that would restrict the transport of migrants considered COVID-19 risks. But the measure had been criticized by the Justice Department, which later filed a lawsuit against him.
As the complaint alleged that the state does not have the authority to sidestep federal migrant transport operations, a U.S. District Court judge had issued a temporary restraining order on Abbott’s policy until at least August 13.