House Democrats on Tuesday blocked proposed legislation from freshman Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, that would have required illegal immigrants released into the U.S. to receive a negative COVID-19 test.
The REACT Act would require migrants released into the United States by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) would first have to test negative for coronavirus.
Miller-Meeks’s measure was brought up on the floor a day after the Iowa congresswoman joined some of her colleagues for a trip to see the immigration crisis in El Paso, Texas. The GOP calls to consider the measure were blocked by Democrats.
I was at the border yesterday. We have a crisis that must be addressed.
My bill would simply require any individual released into the U.S. from CBP/ICE to receive a negative #COVID19 test.
We are still in a global pandemic, and we are unnecessarily putting lives at risk. https://t.co/KE7EUyaadO
— Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (@RepMMM) March 16, 2021
Miller-Meeks called for the bill to be brought to the House floor for a vote, saying that the U.S. is facing a “crisis” at the southern border that “must be addressed.”
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