Reports that around 30 percent of immigrants confined in federal detention facilities refuse to be vaccinated – and they have the right to refuse.
In Thursday’s address, Biden stressed that all businesses with more than 100 employees will be obliged either to require their staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or to provide weekly testing for the infection.
US President Joe Biden unveiled a broad plan to force millions of unvaccinated Americans to get shots against the coronavirus, but illegal immigrants crossing the border are not required to obtain the vaccine, Fox News reported.
“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” Biden said during the address. “Although America is in much better shape than it was seven months ago when I took office, I need to tell you a second fact: we’re in a tough stretch and it could last for a while.”
According to Fox News, before being released by US Border Patrol, more than 18 percent of migrant families who recently crossed the border tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Unaccompanied minors reportedly accounted for 20 percent of those who tested positive for the virus.
The Biden administration’s plan also focuses on increasing testing availability, with initiatives such as using the Defense Production Act to speed up the production of rapid COVID-19 tests and the procurement of roughly $2 billion in rapid point-of-care and over-the-counter at-home tests.