DHS Begins Requiring Vaccines for Some Migrants

Expanding practices that began in 2021.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they would begin requiring some migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. They have been providing vaccines to migrants who were not vaccinated and wished to become vaccinated, but DHS is now enforcing a vaccination requirement for migrants seeking asylum. Those that refuse will be monitored for compliance with “stringent conditions.”

“DHS has been providing the COVID-19 vaccines to noncitizens in ICE custody since summer 2021,” DHS officials stated. “In order to further safeguard public health and ensure the safety of border communities, the workforce, and migrants, DHS is now expanding these efforts and requiring that noncitizens taken into CBP custody for further immigration processing at the Southwest land border be given age-appropriate COVID-19 vaccines.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Secretary Mayorkas as he oversees Homeland Security.
  • For DHS officials as increased vaccination of migrants is implemented.
  • For the president’s health advisors and U.S. health administrators as they evaluate the nation’s immigration health standards.

Sources: The Hill, Department of Homeland Security


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