U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources confirmed Friday three migrants arrived at the border in El Paso with tuberculosis, according to Griff Jenkins of Fox News.
“BREAKING: CBP sources confirm to FOX News that there are ** three confirmed cases of Tuberculosis ** among migrants in the El Paso sector… further complicating the already daunting task of managing an overwhelming number arriving daily,” Jenkins, a national correspondent for Fox News, wrote on Twitter.
According to the CDC, tuberculosis is a highly contagious disease caused by a bacterial infection, which can affect the lungs, spine, kidneys, and brain. If not treated properly, the disease can result in death.
In April, Commissioner Ashwin Vasan in New York City revealed that many people who recently arrived in NYC have lived in or traveled through countries with high rates of TB,” according to the New York Post.
Border Report revealed that 74 illegal immigrants were diagnosed with tuberculosis last year, and while most sought medical care in Mexico after being expelled from the US, 25 remain unaccounted for as of July.
According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, “TB disproportionately impacts people living along the Texas-Mexico border,” which is the state that shares the longest stretch of border with Mexico, and features heavily trafficked entry points.
In 2022, the border counties of Texas represented 21.2 percent of TB cases in the state, despite just 9.5 percent of the state’s population living in these counties.
Although there has been a surge in illegal immigration since the end of Title 42 in May, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Biden is “stopping the flow at the border” during an August press conference. The Trump-era expulsion policy turned away asylum seekers at the border if there was a “serious danger to the introduction of [a communicable] disease into the United States.”
Jean-Pierre refused to answer Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy’s question about illegal migrants Thursday, attempting to blame Republicans for the U.S.-Mexico border crisis.
CBP closed two border bridges in Eagle Pass on Wednesday after a few-thousand migrants had crossed in recent days.
The number of illegals immigrants in Border Patrol custody nearly doubled in August, roughly three months after the end of Title 42.