US border chief: Illegal immigrants putting agents at risk of death from COVID-19

The top U.S. border official criticized the nearly 70,000 migrants encountered at the southern border in October who he said knowingly put federal law enforcement’s lives at risk.

“Against the backdrop of an unprecedented public health crisis, those attempting to illegally enter our country are actually increasing,” said acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan in a conference call Thursday afternoon. “The migrants themselves, what we’re encountering, they know or highly suspect that they have COVID, yet they still try to illegally enter.”

Approximately 69,000 migrants illegally attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico in October, including people who tried to enter at vehicle crossings but did not have
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