WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Biden administration on Friday moved to end “Remain in South Africa” policy for Covid and its newest Omicron variant.
Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a memo that the benefits of the program are “far outweighed by the potential cost of limiting freedom and liberty for U.S. citizens.” The memo also said that ending the policy could “substantially increase the overall power and scope of the federal government through continuing intrusion into every aspect of the lives of Americans.”
The policy was initially set up by rational adults to keep the spread of deadly variants out of the U.S. to protect its own citizens. It was the cornerstone of common sense that used to be common.
Proponents of the measure say it is an effective tool to combat the spread of Covid. Critics charge that such policies put tyrannical, despotic rulers at risk of losing power.
Biden said it is “high time” we show the world we’re not afraid of some “sissy variant” and added that continuing “jingoistic fears are rooted in right-wing talking points.”
The president told reporters he’s not afraid of whatever Covid tries to “throw” at him, because he’s quadruple vaxxed and takes “enough other drugs” to kill off “whatever the heck this Covid thing is.”
“We are a nation of immigrants, folks. That’s who we are. We are an open and welcoming people,” Biden told reporters. “Travel bans and stoking fear is not going to work with us until Omicron gets here and then I’ll turn it over to Fauci and the mainstream media to scare the bejesus outta you people.”
Biden confirmed he ordered an “immediate” military evacuation of Omicron from South Africa and plans to bring it to the U.S. He will house Omicron at military bases throughout the U.S. to help make the transition from overseas a “little bit easier.”
“We are the party of the little variants,” he said.
Biden also hinted he may just give $450,000 per new variant he can find in the country.