The White House sidestepped a question about why it continues to let untested and unvaccinated illegal immigrants into the United States while tennis star Novak Djokovic is not allowed to enter to play in this year’s U.S. Open.
Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy questioned the Biden administration about the paradox during Monday’s news briefing.
“How come migrants are allowed to come into this country unvaccinated, but world-class tennis players are not?” he asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“The U.S. government cannot discuss the details of individual visa cases. Due to privacy reasons, the U.S. also does not comment on medical information of individual travelers as it relates to this tennis player,” she replied.
Djokovic, the 2022 Wimbledon champion, will miss the U.S. Open over his refusal to get vaccinated.
Jean-Pierre deferred the question to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which she said has its own protocols, saying “it’s two different things.”
Doocy further pressed Jean-Pierre on remarks.
“Somebody unvaccinated comes over on a plane, you say that’s not okay. Somebody walks into Texas or Arizona unvaccinated, they’re allowed to stay?”
“That’s not how it works. … It’s not like someone walks over,” she replied.
“That’s exactly what is happening!” Doocy responded. “Thousands of people are walking in a day. Some of them turn themselves over. Some of them are caught. Tens of thousands a week are not. That is what is happening.”
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