Psaki Grilled on Why Biden Didn’t Mandate COVID Vaccines for Migrants Crossing the Border

By Melanie Arter | September 10, 2021 | 6:37pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, September 10, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, September 10, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki couldn’t explain Friday why the Biden administration is mandating COVID vaccinations for people who work but not for migrants crossing the southern border.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, Biden announced Thursday that he is mandating vaccines for the entire federal workforce and federal contractors. He also called on the Labor Department to require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID test once a week.


Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki on Friday, “Why is it that you’re trying to require anybody with a job or anybody who goes to school to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but you’re not requiring that of migrants that continue to walking across the southern border into the country?”

“Our objective is to get as many people vaccinated across the country as humanly possible, and so the president’s announcement yesterday was an effort to empower businesses, to give businesses the tools to protect their workforces,” Psaki said.

“That’s exactly what we did, but certainly we want everybody to get vaccinated, and the more people who are vaccinated, whether they are migrants or whether they are workers, protects more people in the United States,” she said.

“But it’s a requirement for people at a business with more than 100 people but it’s not a requirement for migrants at the southern border. Why?” Doocy asked.

“That’s correct,” Psaki replied.

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