The Democrat-run city of Laredo, Texas, claims President Joe Biden's immigration policies blatantly disregard safety protocols implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19 and could risk killing Americans.
The city attorney’s office alleged in a July 16 lawsuit that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been releasing migrants into Laredo daily, a policy that undermines public health. Federal officials told Laredo that Customs and Border Protection plans on doubling the number of migrants brought to the city to manage overflow at other DHS facilities, according to the complaint.
"Not every apprehended person is tested for COVID-19 as part of [DHS’s] processing procedure before they are legally released from immigration custody and into the general public," the lawsuit says. "Therefore, many, if not most, go untested and risk spreading the disease to … the general public after their release."
Laredo’s lawsuit comes as the Biden administration struggles with a surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Situated directly on the southern border, with an almost 100 percent Latino population, the city claims the "flood" of migrants "has caused irreparable harm and injury to our community given little to no hospital availability." The Delta variant makes up a majority of new coronavirus cases in the United States and Latin America.