Trump officials call doctors 'radical political activists' for wanting to aid migrants


The Department of Homeland Security attacked a group of medical professionals who volunteered to administer free vaccines.

A group of medical professionals arrived Monday at the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station in San Ysidro, California, offering to administer free vaccinations to detainees. After being turned away, the press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security publicly smeared  them.

"Of course Border Patrol isn't going to let a random group of radical political activists show up and start injecting people with drugs, the press secretary wrote on Tuesday afternoon, while sharing a Washington Examiner story about the incident.

The licensed physicians in question were there with the support of Doctors for Camp Closures, Families Belong Together, Never Again Action, and others concerned about the recent flu-related death of a 16-year-old Guatemalan at a Border Patrol station in Texas. The Department of Homeland Security has refused to provide vaccines for its detainees and has rejected previous offers by this group and others to do so for them.

A spokesperson for Never Again Action wrote in an email on Tuesday, "If the government would provide the vaccinations, doctors wouldn't have to show up and beg to be let in to provide potentially life-saving medical care. The parallels to the Holocaust are clear: Anne Frank didn't die in the gas chambers; she died of typhus."

The group tweeted its response to the DHS press secretary, calling out the comment. "The cruelty. The heartlessness. We've seen this before. Never Again Para Nadie [for no one]."

DHS did not immediately respond to questions about whether it tried to vet the medical credentials or verify the vaccines before launching its attack and why it felt the need to insult the people offering the service.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.