(Natural News) Americans who are holding off on getting COVID-19 vaccines out of safety concerns are being blamed for the spread of the disease and shut out of society – even after studies have demonstrated that the vaccinated are just as contagious – while migrants who have tested positive for the virus are being bused to American cities.
The situation has gotten so bad that the city of Laredo, Texas, is refusing to take in any more migrants who are being bused in from the border after confirming that 40 percent of them have tested positive for coronavirus.
Laredo Health Authority Dr. Victor Trevino confirmed these numbers, which represent the highest known positivity rate right now along the U.S. border with Mexico. Last week, the positivity rate for migrants released from custody in McAllen, Texas, was 15 percent.
Since the spring, Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande Valley have been transporting thousands of migrant families to Laredo due to a lack of shelter space. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) does not routinely test migrants for COVID-19 prior to releasing them, which means the responsibility falls on localities and charities, who can then seek federal reimbursement. When migrants are tested, those who are positive must be quarantined, which can be very expensive and requires facilities that most areas simply don’t have at the moment.
The COVID-19 positivity rate climbed from 4 percent in April to 40 percent in August. Laredo officials, who are concerned about the strain on hospital resources, have contracted private bus companies to bring the migrants being bused in from McAllen to bigger cities throughout the state, which allows them to bypass any testing requirements and forward them to bigger cities with presumably greater resources.
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