The Biden administration is instituting vaccine mandates for most federal workers and encouraging private sector companies to do the same. But it’s a different story for those illegally flowing through the southern border because the Biden administration isn’t requiring them to be vaccinated or even tested for Covid-19.

With that in mind, guess what has “surprised” DHS Secretary Mayorkas:

From Fox News:

Speaking virtually at the 18th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference at Georgetown University, Mayorkas said, “What I didn’t expect was the tragic rise of the delta variant. And we took a step back by reason of that. I did not expect to be in late September where we are.”

“We are confronted with a population of people that, as a general matter, that have a rate of illness of approximately 20%,” he continued. “When one is speaking of 7,000 or 7,500 people encountered at the border every day, if one takes a look at that the system, it is not built for that in a COVID environment where isolation is required.”

Senator Ted Cruz compared that story to a Politifact fact-check ruling from earlier this month:

In early September Politifact said Cruz’s claim that the Biden administration releasing illegal aliens into the U.S. who were Covid positive was contributing to the spread in Texas as “false”:

Perhaps soon the “fact-checkers” will be trying to convince everybody that Mayorkas didn’t really say what he clearly said about the rise of the delta variant at the U.S./Mexico border.