PASSED: Sen. Marshall Amendment Halts Transportation of Illegal Migrants from Southern Border without Negative COVID Test

(Washington, D.C., August 11, 2021) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D., with the support of Senators John Cornyn (TX), Susan Collins (ME), and Jerry Moran (KS), passed an amendment to the Democrats’ multi-trillion dollar, reckless tax and spend budget resolution to prohibit the transportation of migrants who have not received a negative COVID test with a final vote of 88-11. This amendment also ensures resources are provided for testing and treatment of migrants at the border and for quarantining those who test positive for COVID.

Following passionate remarks from Majority Whip Dick Durbin, he and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urged more than 10 members to switch their votes to be in favor of the amendment, creating the illusion of a united front on the issue of public health at our southern border within the Democrat Party.

You can view Senator Marshall’s remarks on the Senate floor by clicking HERE or on the image below.

“This Administration’s policies of an open border and mass amnesty have created a humanitarian crisis, a national security crisis, and health crisis. At a time when politicians and bureaucrats are reinstating mask mandates and forcing vaccines on many Americans, their hypocrisy is on full display at the southern border where they are encouraging illegal migrants to enter our country unchecked for COVID,” said Senator Marshall. “Enough is enough. The passage of this amendment proves that Republicans and Democrats must stand together and follow through to hold the Biden Administration accountable and ensure illegal migrants are not able to be scattered into the interior of this nation without testing negative for COVID.”

“The humanitarian crisis at the southern border is becoming even more dangerous as illegal migrants risk spreading COVID-19 among each other and within the United States,” said Senator Moran. “The Biden administration has failed to address the humanitarian crisis, further exacerbating the pandemic. I’m pleased my colleagues voted to pass this sensible amendment to make certain all illegal migrants apprehended by our border patrol are tested for COVID-19.”

Click HERE to read the text of the amendment.