EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to clarify that the Jan. 20 memo from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Pekoske did not change COVID testing policies.
A Texas Sheriff claimed on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the Biden administration is releasing illegal immigrants into the interior of the U.S. without any COVID testing.
Sheriff A.J. Louderback of Jackson County made his comments to Tucker after the host asked him whether or not illegal immigrants who are released into the United States after being detained were getting tested.
The Sheriff replied in the affirmative:
“It’s absolutely true. It’s even, if I can continue, Tucker, the memo, the memo that I received this last week, it’s essentially a defund the ICE by memo, by a memorandum that was sent out by David Borkowski on Jan. 20 or 21. So this is a particularly devastating document for Texans and Americans here in the United States.
The memo Sheriff Louderback referred to in his reply was sent out by then Acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2021.
Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing. Is that protecting our citizens?
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 9, 2021
Sheriff Makes Shocking Claim About COVID-19 Testing
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Sheriff Louderback, in his interview with Carlson, did not hold back.
He said that the memo, put out to CBP (Customs and Border Patrol), ICE, and USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) essentially ties the hands of these immigration enforcement agencies.
The Sheriff stated that, “This is a particularly devastating document for Texans and Americans here in the United States. When I read it and looked at it, it’s a message to the world that you can come here illegally, you can commit crimes here against Americans, and remain illegally.”
At a time where the U.S. and the rest of the world are still in the grips of a global pandemic, the Sheriff was particularly bothered, as should all Americans be, by the very vital issue of COVID testing being overlooked.
“The COVID issue [is being] during that time. So I struggle for a thought process, like many Americans and Texans, on how an administration can conduct themselves in this manner,” stated Sheriff Louderback.
The January 20th DHS memo itself did nothing to change COVID testing policies at the border. As University of Texas at El Paso Professor Josiah Heyman points out, “If there are people who haven’t been tested, it’s a breakdown on the behavior of ICE, not Biden administration policy.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been many news articles about illegal immigrants who have been afraid to get tested for COVID for fear of being identified and deported.
'Catch and release' will be a magnet for more illegal immigration—the last thing we need during a pandemic. https://t.co/7fE9WTGlaq
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 5, 2021
Back To Obama-Era Lawlessness
Sheriff Louderback also said that this was not the first time that America had gone the way of lax enforcement of immigration law. “We walked this path from 2008 to 2016,” he said.
The Sheriff stated that the policy was very similar to the Priority Enforcement Program in 2014 and 2015 during the Obama administration.
In his interview, Sheriff Louderback painted a very grim view of the safety of Americans, at least for the next four years.
“Every peace officer in the United States should be extremely concerned about the attitude, the lawlessness, the complete abject removal of law.
We have a full nullification of the law going on here. We’re going to allow our ICE officers, USCIS, all affected by this memo, which guts the INA and handcuffs them so that they’re unable to respond. So in law enforcement here, those of us that don’t have the jurisdiction to enforce the federal laws here, we’ve created a situation that is unthinkable for the public.”
During the first 3 months of FY21, border patrol encounters w/ illegal migrants have increased 178% compared to the same time last year.
— RSC (@RepublicanStudy) February 9, 2021
Immigration Under Joe Biden
New Biden administration policies include guidelines for Homeland Security that will mean fewer arrests and deportations for drug crimes, DUI’s, and low-level assaulters, fraudsters, and thieves.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County Maryland says that traditionally in the deportation process, criminal histories are considered.
With fewer arrests for these kinds of crimes, those who may have committed crimes will be free to walk the streets.
Those coming into the country through the southern border are not just from Mexico and Central America.
Recently, eleven Iranian citizens were apprehended in Arizona, and there is evidence of Chinese drug lords assisting Mexican drug cartels in smuggling fentanyl and other substances across the border.
The new policies are a strong departure from the policies of the Trump adminstration.
To see the entire interview with Tucker Carlson and Sheriff A.J. Louderback, see below.
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