Last month, the CDC issued the following statement: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans."
In layman's terms, every human being who enters this country by air must first present a negative test for the coronavirus. That includes American citizens, no exceptions. Corona infection, in fact, is the one universal reality of the human condition. We are all potential incubators of this deadly virus.
But it doesn't end there. Travelers who test negative for COVID must still wear masks at all times, including while on board the airplane or walking through the airport. If you don't have a mask on, you had better be actively chewing. Otherwise, prepare for a steep fine and the possibility of never flying again.
Those are the kinds of sacrifices you have been asked to make. You have done so, and for good reason. COVID is dangerous; existentially dangerous, they keep telling us. The authorities are more than willing to destroy your family and your country in order to protect you from this virus. That's their public position, stated every day.
Do they actually mean it when they say it, though? Those pictures of California Gov. Gavin Newsom eating a maskless dinner in a crowded room at the most expensive restaurant in America were one indication that maybe they're not entirely sincere about their COVID policies. Maybe it's kind of a sham. Maybe there's one standard for you, a member of the despised and much-bullied plebe class, and another, very different, standard for politically favored groups who can do whatever they want.
You'd hate to think that could be true in a country like this, with such a long and noble history of egalitarianism and equality under the law. Unfortunately, there has been growing evidence of that double standard. Now, there's hard proof.
"Tucker Carlson Tonight" has learned that the Biden administration is releasing thousands of foreign nationals living here illegally into American neighborhoods without bothering to test them for the coronavirus. People from countries with high infection rates, living in crowded conditions, have been sent forth into the American population like COVID isn't real. That's happening. It is the official policy of the U.S. government.
On Friday, the White House was asked about this policy.
KRISTIN FISHER, FOX NEWS: What could be done to provide COVID testing to migrants at the border? Because right now the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saying they're having to catch and release some migrants without giving them any kind of COVID test before they're entering the community. So what is being done? What could be done?
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI: Are you suggesting they're letting people in across the border without testing them? Or -- tell me a little bit more about --
FISHER: They're being released, they're having to [release them] because of the executive order that the president signed earlier this week.
PSAKI: Which executive [order]? Which one?
People who actually know the details of what is going on right now (e.g. not Jen Psaki) are very worried.
"We do not test the illegal aliens we release," Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told "Tucker Carlson Tonight". "So, we're releasing people without knowing, which obviously puts the public at risk."
Yuma County, Ariz. Sheriff Leon Wilmot wrote a letter last week to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., in which he called the Biden administration's new policy "a particularly dangerous approach."
"[T]here is currently no protocol for testing any of these people for the Covid-19 [sic] virus," Wilmot wrote. "Nor is there any support being offered by the federal government to house, feed, medically treat or transport these immigrants."
That's why, in some places, taxpayers are paying for foreign nationals who should be deported to live in hotel rooms. If that seems crazy and disconnected from reality, it is a small part of the Biden administration's immigration policy, a policy that seems designed to hurt the United States as profoundly as possible.
In an internal memo sent last week, ICE officials announced the administration is suspending something called Operation Talon. That operation targeted sex offenders, but no more. Illegal alien sex offenders are now a protected class. A day later, another internal ICE memo announced that, "[e]ffective immediately," the Biden administration would stop deporting illegal aliens who have been convicted of drug offenses, assault, DUI, money laundering, property crimes, fraud, tax evasion, or who have gang tattoos. Going forward, any illegal alien charged with a crime, but not yet convicted, would also be safe from deportation.
What does all of that mean in practice? It means, for example, that an MS-13 member arrested for drug dealing and with previous convictions for theft, extortion, and grand larceny would have to be released back into the United States -- maybe into your neighborhood -- even if he had been deported many times before. That's not some crazy hypothetical, by the way. Things like that will happen. A foreign national who is charged with rape, but flees before trial -- and that happens quite a bit -- cannot be deported, either. Technically, he hasn't been convicted of rape, so deporting him would be an act of bigotry and so on.
This is all real and we will see cases like that. The question is motive. Even if you thought the United States badly needed more low-skilled workers in the middle of an employment crisis, even if you believe that your right to cheap housekeeping is more important than the right of the American middle class to exist (and many of our leaders emphatically do believe that), how exactly do you explain suspending the hunt for sex offenders? How is that a good idea for anyone? How is it a good idea to release illegal aliens in the middle of a pandemic without even testing them for the coronavirus? How does all of that conceivably help you as an American, as someone who pays for all of this stuff?
Of course, it doesn't help you, but helping you is not the point. No one's even pretending the point of this was to help you. It's the opposite. The point is to punish you. When we release people who break our laws without even bothering to test them for the virus, the same virus we've used as a pretext for wrecking your life, what we're really saying in the clearest possible terms is, "we don't like you."
This isn't a policy, it's an act of aggression. It's designed to humiliate you and demoralize you. Reckless and destructive immigration policy is the penalty you are paying for your White supremacy. It's almost too dark to believe that's their motive, but it is. And over at MSNBC, they're saying it out loud.
This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson's opening commentary on the Feb. 8, 2021 edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight".