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Rep. Miller-Meeks introduces REACT Act; COVID-19 testing for migrants crossing illegally into U.S.

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(KWWL) - Iowa Representative Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks introduced H.R. 1897 on the House floor Tuesday. Called the REACT Act, the legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security to test all migrants crossing illegally into the country for COVID-19. It would apply to all migrants DHS plans to then release into the U.S. 

According to a news release from Miller-Meeks, there's currently no requirement that migrants test negative before being released by Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and let into the country.

“This week, I traveled to El Paso, Texas, to meet with CBP agents and officers. I saw firsthand the crisis they are facing, and I believe it is our job in Congress to address it and assist them. Approximately 50% of agents have tested positive for COVID-19, and very few migrants are being tested," stated Miller-Meeks.

The news release states 185 migrants released into Brownsville, Texas as of March 8 have tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports.

"Border security and immigration is not an issue that only affects border states, it affects every community across the country," stated Meeks. "By ensuring that individuals entering the country are negative for COVID-19, we can help keep our communities safe and healthy.”