Covid on the Border: Migrants Aren’t Tested on Arrival in U.S.

Covid on the Border: Migrants Aren’t Tested on Arrival in U.S.

The Border Patrol says it has insufficient time and space to conduct coronavirus testing at crowded processing stations. Officials in border cities fear further spread of the virus.

 

Migrants who tested positive for the coronavirus after being released from Border Patrol custody have been isolated at a hotel in Holtville, Calif.
Migrants who tested positive for the coronavirus after being released from Border Patrol custody have been isolated at a hotel in Holtville, Calif.Credit…Camilo Garcia Jr./Calexico Chronicle

 

Dora Eglis Ramírez and Pavel Brigido Rivero set out from Cuba to seek asylum in the United States last year, as the coronavirus rampaged across Latin America.

Starting their trek in Guyana, they managed to cross eight countries, sleeping in buses and doing odd jobs, without ever contracting the virus.

Then they crossed the border into the United States.

U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted them late last month in Southern California and transported the couple to a heavily crowded border station. They spent 10 days and nights in cells crammed with Brazilians, Cubans, Ecuadoreans and Indians.

For full article go to: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/us/coronavirus-migrants-testing.html

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