BREAKING NEWS: Biden’s fully-vaccinated Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for COVID before he was due on Colombia trip with Blinken
Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for Covid-19, throwing off his plans to travel to Colombia with Sec. of State Antony Blinken.
‘Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols. Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway,’ DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said in a statement.
Blinken will now travel to Quito, Equador on Tuesday and Bogotá, Colombia without the DHS head to meet with President Iván Duque and Vice President-Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss tackling irregular migration and drug trafficking, among other priorities.
Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for Covid-19, throwing off his plans to travel to Colombia with Sec. of State Antony Blinken
This marks the second time Blinken has narrowly dodged Covid-19 exposure in recent weeks, as State Department spokesperson Ned Price announced a positive test late last month.
The Colombia trip comes as the tens of thousands of Haitian migrants are marching through the South American nation as they make their way to the US-Mexico border.
A record-shattering number of Haitian migrants have come to the US in the last month, and the trend doesn’t appear to be stopping as more people continue to pour into the Colombian town of Necocli, a popular spot for smugglers to shepherd people through the perilous Darien Gap in Panama.
The Darien Gap is a 66-mile stretch of rainforest between North and South America. Its dangerous terrain is part of the reason it’s been left undeveloped and why it poses such a great risk to the people crossing it now.
More than 70,000 migrants have traveled through the Darien Gap this year, Panamanian authorities have said.
Most of the migrants in recent months have been Haitians, many of whom had been living in Chile and Brazil since the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
On Monday, GOP Rep. Tony Gonzalez, Texas, said that Panama’s foreign minister Erica Mouynes told him that as many as 100,000 migrants have crossed through her country on the way to the US, and 52 of those they apprehended had ties to al-Qaeda.
The Biden administration, undoing ‘inhumane’ Trump-era immigration policies, has put addressing root causes at the center of its immigration policy, laying blame on climate change-driven weather factors, political and economic instability and crime that has wrought Latin America and South America.