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‘LONG OVERDUE’: Gosar Ends ‘Authoritarian’ Biden Vaccine Mandate for Immigrants, Tourists

“By all accounts, the pandemic is over, and has been for some time.”

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Legislation introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar has become law, finally lifting requirement that mandated foreign travelers to take a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the United States.

As of midnight on Friday, those entering the United States legally at an official port of entry no longer need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, making America one of the last countries to do so. The lifting of the mandate coincided with the ending of the Public Health Emergency declaration, which included the removal of other powers, such as the expiration of Title 42 at the border.

Rep. Paul Gosar introduced H J Res 7 to end the National Emergency declared after Covid, and Biden signed it into law in April. For the first time in years, legal travelers may enter the United States without proving they have received vaccines.

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In an exclusive statement to Valiant News, Gosar celebrated the lifting of the mandate, which he said was “long overdue”:

“Since taking office, Joe Biden has welcomed with open arms more than 6.5 million lawbreakers through our southern border. Biden’s asinine COVID-19 vaccination mandate excluded the illegals flooding into our country, despite nearly 20% testing positive for COVID-19 and no doubt causing the spread of the virus throughout the country, including my state of Arizona. Yet, if you were a foreign national legally traveling to the United States, you were denied entry unless fully vaccinated. By all accounts, the pandemic is over, and has been for some time. The lifting of this arbitrary and authoritarian mandate was long overdue.”

H J Res 7 ended a number of federal health care programs, along with other removing other powers that included the ability to place health services under military control, and shifted the responsibility for the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines away from the federal government.

In August of last year, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre actually denied that illegal immigrants could cross the southern border without having taken the vaccine, in an attempt to defend the Biden administration’s policy on barring the unvaccinated from the country at normal ports of entry.

“That’s not how it works,” she said, while responding to Fox News’ Peter Doocy. “It’s not like somebody walks over and, that’s not…” she continued, before breaking out into awkward laughter.

The vaccine mandate to enter had been repeatedly renewed since its October 2021 implementation, with push back being seen from a number of Republicans, but most prominently from Reps. Thomas Massie and Gosar.

In February, the House passed Massie’s HR 185, which would have immediately ended the mandate, but was not picked up by the Senate.

Despite almost all Democrats voting against HR 185, many of them support open borders for illegal immigrants, in what appears to be an extremely inconsistent policy decision.

Over 60 of those that voted against the ending of the vaccine entry restriction, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush, Joaquin Castro, Adam Schiff, and Ruben Gallego, demanded in a letter in January that migrants be allowed to enter over the southern border in order to seek asylum. There was no mention of rejecting unvaccinated migrants in the letter.

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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

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