COVID ‘over’ for illegals at border, not Americans on planes?

As the United States reopened after a year of draconian lockdowns, states like California and New York have been slow to ease policies, and the Biden administration has continued to push for a national vaccination mandate and left public transit masks mandatory.

Despite all the data, the Biden administration announced that it would extend the nationwide mask requirement on local public transport by another two weeks.

The extension of mask mandates has prompted some rank and file Republicans in the House of Representatives to take legal action against the CDC. Last month, Rep. Thomas Massie and 16 other House Republicans filed a lawsuit with a Kentucky District Court and argued with the CDC “does not have the legal authority to compel people traveling on commercial airlines to wear masks.”

One lawmaker called the move “hypocritical,” while others highlighted the ineffectiveness of the mandate, as well as the recent announcement of the repeal of Title 42 — a public health provision that serves as an essential tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 and control the influx of migrants on our southern border.

Dozens attacked the administration on Twitter. Republican officials expressed outrage at the reports:

“Biden is repealing Title 42 to allow a flood of often unmasked, untested and unvaccinated illegal immigrants into the United States from dozens of countries … while mask mandates remain in place for the American people.” wrote Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC), who is also a physician. “This was never about science.”

“The Biden admin needs to stop talking about COVID with both sides of his mouth.” wrote Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). “They have no problem saying the COVID emergency is over to repeal Title 42 and exacerbate the border crisis, but still use COVID as an excuse to uphold unscientific mandates for Americans.”

“Too much hypocritical nonsense” he added.

“Biden: extends mask requirement for travel” tweeted the official account of the Republican National Committee. “Even Biden: no mask requirement for illegal crossing of the southern border.”

It is truly ridiculous that the CDC has lifted Covid restrictions on illegal migrants but will continue to force the rest of us to wear masks on planes,” wrote Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL). “The agency is wildly politicized and shouldn’t have the power to do any of this.”

On the other side of the aisle: Democrats are largely silent on the Biden administration’s decision to extend the travel mask mandate by 15 days. One of the few Democratic voices to speak out on the matter was Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who last month urged the CDC to maintain the policy amid the recent spike in Covid cases.

The Democrats are silent on this issue, which is no coincidence.

The party has sought to break away from mandates related to pandemics for weeksto show how far things have come since lockdown began in 2020.

Advocating for the defense of public transit mandates, as much as most Dems would likely agree, could risk undermining that message. COVID ‘over’ for illegals at border, not Americans on planes?

Jake Nichol

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