President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats Pass Comprehensive .9T COVID-19 Relief Bill With Minimum Wage Increase Biden To Hold Virtual Virtual Meeting With Mexican President Over 300 Defendants Regarding Capitol Riots MORE said Friday that undocumented immigrants should be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine without fear of being attacked by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Biden makes the comment during an interview with Univision while visiting a vaccination center in Texas.
“I want to make sure they can get vaccinated and protected from COVID without ICE or anyone interfering,” Biden said. “They shouldn’t … be arrested for showing they can get vaccinated.”
Biden also said he plans to make sure undocumented immigrants have food, noting that his $ 1.9 billion coronavirus relief proposal increases funding for nutrition assistance.
The comments follow an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this month that said ICE was do not perform the execution activities at or near COVID-19 vaccination sites.
“It is a public health and moral imperative to ensure that all persons residing in the United States have access to the vaccine,” the agency said in a statement at the time. “DHS is committed to ensuring that everyone who needs a vaccine can receive it, regardless of immigration status.”
The Biden administration has emphasized widespread vaccination in an effort to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.
The administration has been particularly focused on increasing vaccinations among communities of color, which are receiving the coronavirus vaccine in a much slower rate than white Americans.