U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that immigrants will be required to get a Covid-19 vaccine beginning October 1 to seek welfare assistance in the United States.
According to Immigration Services, immigrants who will need medical tests to acquire advantages such as lawful permanent residence and green cards need to get a Covid-19 vaccination before their appointments. The Daily Caller reports that the agency made the adjustment to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for medical examiners. Those seeking residence in the United States are already required to receive various other vaccines, including measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox.
USCIS stated that the “update requires applicants subject to the immigration medical examination to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and provide documentation of vaccination to the civil surgeon before completion of the immigration medical examination.” However, immigrants who are too young or have a medical condition that prohibits them from getting the vaccine may be allowed to skip the shot and still receive benefits. The immigrants could skip immunization if vaccines are in short supply in the area, and waiting for a shot would result in a “significant delay.” Immigrants can also apply for “individual waivers based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.”
The announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services comes shortly after President Biden said that private companies with more than 100 workers must require their staff to get the Covid vaccine. The vaccination requirement immediately sparked backlash and led several states and companies to vocally oppose the mandate. The mandate also led Arizona to become the first state to sue the Biden administration. Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, alleges that the Biden administration “has adopted an unconstitutional policy of favoring aliens that have unlawfully entered the United States over actual U.S. citizens, both native and foreign-born, with the inalienable right to live here.”
The complaint also states that “this preference is unlawful and violates the Equal Protection Clause.”
Doocy: "But it's a requirement for people at a business with more than 100 people and it's not a requirement for migrants at the border. Why?
Psaki: "That's correct."
*Psaki moves on*
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 10, 2021
The inconsistent mandate was highlighted when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “it is a requirement for people at a business with more than 100 people. It is not a requirement for migrants at the southern border. Why?” She bluntly replied, “That’s correct.”