World Texas police learn COVID-positive illegal immigrants sent to local hotels, after Whataburger encounter
Sen. Graham says he'll follow the lead of Texas House Dems who fled state and leave for vote on spending bill
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., condemned the Democratic spending package and said during an exclusive interview on Fox News' “Sunday Morning Futures” that, if needed, he will follow the lead of the Texas House Democrats who fled their home state in an effort to kill GOP-backed voting legislation."Hell yeah, I would leave," Graham told host Maria Bartiromo. "I would use everything lawfully in my toolbox to prevent rampant inflation.
in South said Tuesday they've learned that who have possibly tested positive for COVID-19 were being released from federal custody to a Catholic charity, which booked hotel rooms for them without notifying local officials.
The La Joya Police Department said a patrol officer was waved down Monday by someone concerned about a group that appeared to be sick at afast food restaurant. The officer found a family inside who were coughing and sneezing and not adhering to health guidelines, including the wearing of masks, authorities said during a news conference.
Few immigrants in detention have been vaccinated. That needs to change.
Covid-19 outbreaks in ICE detention have made vaccinations more urgent.As of last week, 8,221 immigrants in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, or roughly 30 percent of the detained population, had received one dose of the vaccine, CBS News reported. Just over 1,300, or about 4 percent, had received two doses. (The agency has not indicated how many immigrants have refused the vaccine or have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is just one dose.
A manager told the officer they wanted the people to leave the establishment because they were making everyone inside "uneasy." When the officer approached the migrants, they said they had tested positive for the coronavirus and had been apprehended by Border Patrol agents several days prior before being released.
They didn't have documentation to prove they were COVID-positive, La Joya police Sgt. Manuel Casas said.
"We did not know this," he said. "No one told the city of La Joya. No one told the police department that these people were here and no one told us that these people were possibly ill."
The migrants told the officer they were staying at the nearby Texas Inn & Suites. The hotel manager told authorities that the Catholic Charities of The Rio Grande Valley had booked rooms in the hotel to house undocumented immigrants detained by Border Patrol.
Illegal immigrants bring crime, death surge to rural Texas community
Residents of Hudspeth County, TX, say illegal immigrants have been flooding across the border at unprecedented levels and bringing with them an influx of crime and death.Two ranchers, along with a detained illegal immigrant, spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of the Mexican cartels, which profit off trafficking migrants across the border.
"We have an understanding based on what was told to us that the hotel in totality has already been rented out," Casas said. "The information we have is that everyone that is staying in that hotel is COVID-19 positive because it's being rented out for them."
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At the hotel, officers observed 20 to 30 people outside not wearing masks, the police department said in a social media post. The wearing of masks is not mandated but those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should wear one, Casas said.
He said the department cannot stop any of the migrants from leaving the hotel and moving on to another destination in the United States.
Police later learned that those detained by Border Patrol showing symptoms or who became infected with COVID-19 were being quarantined and then later handed over to the charity group to be placed in hotels in the McAllen area, as well as La Joya, police said.
Thousands of Pending DACA Applications on Pause After July Court Ruling Suspends Program
A U.S. District Court Judge agreed with a lawsuit that argued DACA's creation should have been authorized by Congress, not by presidential executive order.At Citizenship and Immigration Services, 90,000 DACA applications were pending as of last week, said Astrid Silva, the head of Dream Big Nevada.
Officials contacted the Hidalgo County Department of Health and Human Services, which said it will look into the matter.
Fox News has reached out to CBP and the Catholic charity group. Casas acknowledged the charity was trying to help the migrants and may have been overwhelmed when they booked the hotel rooms.
An employee at the hotel declined to give his name but told Fox News there were undocumented migrants at the hotel but he wasn't sure how many.
"There are so many people trying to help," he said. "We don't have any problems here (with COVID-19)."
In response to the news, city officials are asking the public to adhere to social distancing measures and wear masks.
Illegal border crossings have surged under theadministration. U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced there were nearly 190,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in June. The total number of encounters for the fiscal year topped 1 million, according to the figures.
On Tuesday, Texas Gov., a Republican, ordered the Texas to assist the state Department of Public Safety in making arrests related to the border.
What Immigrants Know About Happiness .
The act of migration involves taking risks in pursuit of a meaningful reward and having faith in the future. Everyone should try to live more like that.The most vitriolic immigration debates tend to be unhappy affairs all around. One side favors looser restrictions on immigrants, typically because of the misery they endure in their home country and in their hardships during migration. The other side argues that they will cause unhappiness among the native-born, via jobs lost, cultural change, or crime.