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Biden: Illegal immigrants should receive the Corona vaccine without prosecution



US President Joe Biden said on Friday that illegal immigrants should be able to receive the Corona vaccine without fear of being targeted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


Biden made the remark during an interview with Univision during his visit to the vaccination site in Texas.


Biden said: "I want to make sure that they are able to get vaccinated, and therefore they are protected from Corona without the intervention of ICE or anyone else ... They should not be arrested because they have shown their desire to get vaccinated."


Biden also said he plans to make sure illegal immigrants have food, noting that his $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal increases funding for food aid.


The comments come on the heels of an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this month that said ICE is not conducting enforcement activities on or near COVID-19 vaccination sites.


"Ensuring that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine is an ethical and public health imperative," the agency said in a statement at the time. "The Department of Homeland Security is committed to ensuring that everyone who needs a vaccine can get vaccinated, regardless of their immigration status."


The Biden administration has emphasized widespread vaccination in an effort to curb the spread of the epidemic and has focused particularly on increasing vaccinations among communities of color, which are contracting the Coronavirus at a much slower rate than white Americans.

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