Congress Presses DHS Over COVID Rise

Congress Presses DHS Over COVID Rise

By Lisa Michaels

Members of Congress pressed the DHS over a recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

In a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf was called to account for the recent spike in COVID-19 cases along American’s southern border.

“Many southern states, however, including Texas, have seen recent increases in COVID- 19-positive hospitalizations,” the letter stated.

“As Texas and other states along the border work to address increases in cases and hospitalizations, it is imperative that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) collect and report on COVID-19 positive migrants and department personnel.”

Specifically, Texas and California were cited as problem areas.

“In the last two weeks, coronavirus hospitalizations have more than doubled in Texas and remain at an all-time high in California, soaring eighty-eight percent as medical centers near capacity in both states,” the letter continued.

“The California counties seeing the largest spikes in hospitalizations and cases are all located in southern California.4 Notably, state officials have pointed to an unusually high number of hospital admissions linked to cross-border traffic from Mexico.”

As of Saturday afternoon, the DHS has yet to respond to the letter.

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Lisa Michaels worked in Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist for 8 years and as a result grew very familiar with how the world operates. Her childhood naivety about politics was stripped away piece by piece with every passing year as she gained a deeper understanding of why nothing ever gets accomplished by our elected leaders. Her primary areas of focus are media bias, corruption and regulations. Oh, and lobbying - obviously.