UPDATED 7:02 AM PT – Friday, April 2, 2021
The White House confirmed Joe Biden is in favor of vaccinating illegal immigrants amid the escalating crisis at the southern border. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed his position on the matter during Thursday’s press conference.
This clarification came after the administration was accused of releasing infected detainees into the U.S. Psaki argued instead of keeping COVID-19 positive migrants away from the general population, the administration should simply start allocating vaccination resources.
“The more people we have vaccinated, whether undocumented or not, the safer we are as a country and that’s certainly the president’s point of view,” stated the press secretary.
The tip of the iceberg near Yuma, AZ as immigrants begin to flood into the US responding to @JoeBiden’s open border, catch and release policy. How many have COVID? pic.twitter.com/8Cu3k88etZ
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) March 7, 2021
The White House has not yet indicated whether they will prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens when expanding eligibility.