White House press secretary Jen Psaki has frequently struggled to explain various actions and statements by President Joe Biden.
This week, however, she appeared to suffer something of a meltdown as she attempted to defend the Biden administration’s policy requiring vaccinations for legal U.S. visitors — but not undocumented immigrants. Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy prompted the frenzied reaction with his pointed question on the topic.
“Let me explain to you again”
“Is somebody asking the foreign nationals who are walking into Del Rio, Texas, and setting up camps on this side of the border for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test?” he asked.
Psaki fumbled through her response, promising to “readdress” the steps White House officials are taking in response to the issue.
When Doocy interjected to reiterate his question, Psaki shot back: “Let me explain to you again, Peter, how our process works. As individuals come across the border and they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms, if they have symptoms they are, the intention is for them to be quarantined. That is our process.”
Peter Doocy asks why vaccine cards are required for foreign travelers but not migrants at the border.
Psaki: “They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time. It’s not the same thing.” pic.twitter.com/NLA8G8fT2s
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) September 20, 2021
She went on to accuse Doocy of making a false equivalence, claiming that undocumented immigrants are generally “not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time.”
Psaki reveals double standard
Doocy did not continue pressing Psaki on the questionable claim that those crossing into America illegally are just passing through or her remarks about expelling large numbers of undocumented immigrants.
Some news outlets, however, pointed out that Psaki appeared to be misrepresenting the facts. Last month, for example, only about 45% of the more than 200,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. were deported under Title 42.
In reality, neither Psaki nor anyone else from the Biden administration seems to have a good explanation for the double standard regarding COVID-19 mandates for those entering the nation legally.
Even as U.S. citizens continue to face strict regulations meant to reduce the spread of the pandemic virus, Psaki apparently expects Americans to simply accept the fact that undocumented immigrants will not be held to anything resembling the same standards.
Whatever the reasoning behind these disparate responses, millions of American citizens see the Biden administration’s approach as clearly illogical.