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A Ticking Time Bomb: Diseases that Cross American Borders
RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE.COM ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2004 | JOHN W. WHITEHEAD

Posted on 12/15/2004 12:42:44 PM PST by CHARLITE

As an American, I have always been inspired by the fact that my country welcomes those who seek refuge. And as long as our government officials maintain our borders and ensure that those coming from other countries are screened in order to protect those who legally live here, the concept of welcoming immigrants is a noble one.

However, something has gone awry. Indeed, illegal immigration into the U.S. has become an immense problem and a clear and present danger. Documented illegal immigration has more than doubled in the last decade. It has grown, by conservative counts, from 3.5 million in 1990 to 8 million in 2000. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that at least 13 million individuals will immigrate to the U.S. in this decade.

If the illegal immigrants in America were simply the huddled masses that the Statue of Liberty welcomes, then there would be little concern over illegal immigration. But it is much more complicated than that. The fact is that the United States is being assaulted by a global criminal network. While some of those crossing over American borders may genuinely be seeking better lives for themselves and their families, there are also, unfortunately, those crossing over whose motives are more sinister, who charge thousands of dollars for transporting illegal immigrants, who traffic young girls into America to be used in sexual prostitution and who prey on children for sex.

More alarming is the Center for Immigration Studies’ conclusion that lax immigration enforcement was partially responsible for the terrorist attacks within the U.S., and that such slack immigration policies may lead to more terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear. Indeed, Time magazine recently reported that there may be plans to “smuggle nuclear weapons to Mexico, then operatives would carry material into the U.S.” This may be inevitable, in that thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens will continue to settle in the U.S., many from countries that seem to export terrorists.

Efforts to protect American borders, especially at the Mexican line, have increasingly become lax over the last several presidential administrations. The Bush Administration, for example, has been lax on its stewardship of the southern border because of its close relationship with Mexican President Vicente Fox. There is the sad, continuing story, writes George Putnam (Newsmax.com), “particularly in those states that border Mexico, where there is a steady, silent, pervasive invasion of the United States by an unarmed army carrying an assembly line of diseases into the heart of America.” Further details can be found in a report entitled “Immigration’s Silent Invasion, Deadly Consequences” where the authors state: “The invasion of illegal aliens pouring over the borders of the United States is taking an ominous turn. They are not alone! Their bodies may carry Hepatitis A, B & C, tuberculosis, leprosy and Chagas Disease. Chagas is a nasty parasitic bug common in Latin America where 18 million people are infected and 50,000 deaths occur annually.”

Illegal aliens, by avoiding health screenings at U.S. borders, carry TB, the most serious being MDR, a multi-drug resistant tuberculosis with a higher death rate than cancer. According to the New York Academy of Sciences, Update, January 2002, “TB bacteria readily fly through the air, as when an afflicted person coughs. It’s estimated that each victim will infect 10, 20 or more people—in whom the disease will likely remain latent, creating the potential ‘time bomb’ effect.”

To make matters worse, in excess of 7,000 new cases of leprosy have been diagnosed in the U.S. in the past three years. As the “Silent Invasion” report concludes, “illegal alien immigrants from India, Brazil, the Caribbean and up through Mexico have fueled the resurgence into the United States.”

Chagas, called the kissing bug disease because the parasite favors the face as a route of infection, comes in acute and chronic forms, which can damage your heart and intestines. This parasite now threatens our blood supply, yet no means to test the blood is currently available. Ironically, the public health community has been aware of this danger for years. “Hundreds of blood recipients may be silently infected,” writes Donald G. McNeil, Jr. in the New York Times (November 18, 2003), “and there is no effective treatment for them. After a decade, 10 to 30 percent of them will die when their hearts or intestines, weakened by the disease, explode.” Three people received Chagas infected organs in 2001, the first such cases ever reported in the United States. Two of those three died. Moreover, “Dengue Fever, reports of polio, and now, the first case of malaria in Texas trickle into the United States as the invasion of illegal aliens increases in numbers.”

Undiagnosed disease due to uncontrolled illegal immigration is not merely confined to the border states. This health care crisis spreads daily across the nation. In 2002, Northern Virginia reported a 17% increase in tuberculosis cases. Prince William County alone reported a staggering 188% increase over the previous year. Health officials link immigrants to this outbreak and credit them with introducing the drug resistant strains. And in Queens, N.Y., the health department found that “immigrants” made up 81% of new TB cases in 2001.

What does this mean for American citizens? As the “Silent Invasion” report concludes: “It means your children are at risk when attending school or going to the movies. It means that when a classmate from a foreign country sneezes or coughs, your child may be at risk for any number of diseases. If you eat at a fast food restaurant, a person infected with hepatitis could prepare your food. If you need a blood transfusion, the blood could be infected with Chagas Disease.”

While we are engaged in far-away wars costing billions of dollars, America is simultaneously engaged in an ominous battle at our borders, which are as porous as they were at 9/11. Even the recently passed intelligence bill offers little hope for a solution. Will it take an epidemic to force our President and Congress to act? Or will it take another terrorist attack on American shores to get the attention of the federal bureaucrats who have been charged with protecting American citizens?

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
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1 posted on 12/15/2004 12:42:45 PM PST by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

Read later.


2 posted on 12/15/2004 12:47:43 PM PST by EagleMamaMT
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To: CHARLITE; Dane

More problems than we realize are coming across our borders.


3 posted on 12/15/2004 12:50:18 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: CHARLITE

for later read


4 posted on 12/15/2004 12:53:43 PM PST by Final Authority
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To: CHARLITE
As I have said many, many times: A nation is never truly safe if its borders are not secure.
5 posted on 12/15/2004 12:59:16 PM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Never play leapfrog with a unicorn!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

A nation is never truly safe if its borders are not secure.

BULLETIN: They NEVER have been!


6 posted on 12/15/2004 2:03:33 PM PST by kaktuskid
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To: EagleMamaMT

Please send this story to all of your congress people. The immigration problems are turning our country into a third world s---hole.


7 posted on 12/15/2004 2:15:52 PM PST by tom paine 2
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To: CHARLITE

To all those who shout "Illegal Aliens are not all terrorists". I say, does it matter if they kill us with bombs, jets or disease they carry, we are just as dead from those here illegally.


8 posted on 12/15/2004 2:22:27 PM PST by moehoward
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To: CHARLITE

BTTT


9 posted on 12/15/2004 2:24:14 PM PST by international american (Generation Jones: "I need, I need someone to set a pick for me at the free-throw line of life)
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To: EagleMamaMT

In the year 1849 By the terms of the New Passenger Act, 12 & 13 Vict., c.33, no passenger-ship is allowed to proceed until a medical practitioner appointed by the emigration office of the port shall have inspected the medicine-chest and passengers, and certified that the medicines etc are sufficient, and that the passengers are free from contagious disease.

The master, owner, or charterer of the ship is bound to pay the medical inspector the sum of £1 sterling for every 100 persons thus inspected. When the emigrant and his family have undergone this process, their passage-ticket is stamped, and they have nothing further to do, until they go on board, but to make their own private arrangements and provide themselves with outfits, or with such articles of luxury or necessity as they may desire over and above the ships allowance.

All persons who may be discovered to be affected with any infectious disease, either at the original port of embarkation or at any port in the United Kingdom into which the vessel may subsequently put, are to be re-landed, with those members of their families, if any, who may be dependent upon them, or unwilling to be separated from them, together with their clothes and effects.

Passengers re-landed are entitled to receive back their passage-money, which may be recovered from the party to whom it was paid, or from the owner, charterer, or master of the ship, by summary process, before two or more justices of the peace.

It worked in 1849 why not now? Notice there was no government officers involved.

10 posted on 12/15/2004 2:36:36 PM PST by ijcr (Age and treachery will always overcome youth and ability.)
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To: ijcr

Thanks so much for posting that bit of history. We need to learn from our history. There is an unseemly arrogance about many Americans today, as if they know so much more than all the minds of history.


11 posted on 12/15/2004 5:57:50 PM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Spiff; ApesForEvolution; Dalite

Good article.


12 posted on 12/15/2004 6:10:28 PM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: CHARLITE

Bump for later


13 posted on 12/15/2004 6:17:35 PM PST by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a death cult that must end. Save your time...)
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To: ApesForEvolution; gubamyster

BTT


14 posted on 12/16/2004 8:41:47 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: FBD; WmDonovan; Semaphore Heathcliffe; Endeavor; badbass; t-1000; gopwinsin04; bullseye876; ...

FYI


15 posted on 12/16/2004 5:50:59 PM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: JustAnotherSavage

thanks for the ping.
I'll post links from other illegal immigrant threads to this.


16 posted on 12/16/2004 8:25:31 PM PST by FBD (Report illegals and their employers at: http://www.reportillegals.com/)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

ping


17 posted on 12/16/2004 8:36:31 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: JustAnotherSavage; CHARLITE
Here's a sobering fact about the illegal immigrant crises

18 posted on 12/16/2004 8:37:01 PM PST by FBD (Report illegals and their employers at: http://www.reportillegals.com/)
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To: TomGuy

Just honest folks carrying diseases Americans are too lazy to catch themselves...


19 posted on 12/16/2004 8:43:52 PM PST by radicalamericannationalist (The Senate is our new goal: 60 in '06.)
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To: CHARLITE

Good post. Yes, the deseases are coming with the illegals on a scale unprecedented, while Washington and our President are asleep on watch.


20 posted on 12/16/2004 10:11:49 PM PST by TheLion
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To: TheLion
while Washington and our President are asleep on watch

They don't have to put up with the mess like we do, why should they care? They protect themselves only.

21 posted on 12/16/2004 10:34:04 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: TomGuy
More problems than we realize are coming across our borders.

Actually this has been known for a long time. The elite need not be bothered. They don't have to mix it up with them, like Joe tax payer does.

22 posted on 12/16/2004 10:48:00 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (No more illegal alien sympathizers from Texas. America has one to many.)
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To: jveritas

Oh look at this. Almost sounds like a call for the "solution" that would come from Pat Buchanan's favorite political party's handbook.


23 posted on 12/16/2004 10:58:54 PM PST by COEXERJ145
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To: gubamyster

bttt


24 posted on 12/17/2004 2:07:39 AM PST by lainde
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To: TomGuy

Especially when you consider that many American doctors will misdiagnose these diseases, especially in the indigenous population, simply because the diseases happen elsewhere.


25 posted on 12/17/2004 2:17:15 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (I'm from North Dakota and I'm all FOR Global Warming!)
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To: COEXERJ145
Since you seem to think this story can be equated to something sinister against illegals you must therefore be for these illegals bringing these diseases here unchecked. Is that part of the La Raza plan?

It seems to me that you are for these people killing innocent Americans because you don't speak out against it.

26 posted on 12/17/2004 4:10:01 AM PST by raybbr
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To: COEXERJ145

That make you feel better?


27 posted on 12/17/2004 4:44:28 AM PST by junta (junta, "is one uppity cracker")
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To: CHARLITE
We should look on the "bright" side of all this.

We may not have a genuine Social Security "Crisis" after all. The mortality of these awful diseases being spread throughout the country means American life expectancy will soon drop and older, more vulnerable people will die much earlier instead of soaking up scarce Social Security funds for decades and languishing for years in nursing homes.

Maybe the Democrats are right? Maybe there is no Social Security crisis? Maybe there are some tangible benefits to illegal immigration besides cheap nannies and gardeners, inexpensive lettuce and legions of pressure groups demanding more government largess?

28 posted on 12/17/2004 4:51:13 AM PST by Gritty ("I am so old that I can remember when we called illegal aliens illegal aliens"-Thomas Sowell)
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To: All
The fact is that the United States is being assaulted by a global criminal network.

The globalist gang bangers!

Whether by the acts of terrorists or ILLEGAL aliens forming "an assembly line of diseases into the heart of America" you've got to look at the economics: "cheap" labor and virtually free domestic help v. American lives. Republicrats choose the former. Government and business make these kinds of decisions everyday. It's nothing new.

The Clinton Rats and the Bush Reps have joined forces with business and internationalists' migrant labor economic diaspora. It's the rest of the story of "free trade."

Folks, it's a done deal. Elvis has left the building. The fat lady has sung. (Oh, and Hitlery is lying. Surprise.)

29 posted on 12/17/2004 5:16:53 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (MSM Fraudcasters are skid marks on journalism's clean shorts.)
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To: COEXERJ145

WOW! The delusional Buchannaites were in full force last night! So many threads by these morons telling us those illegal immigrants are the roots of all evil.


30 posted on 12/17/2004 5:23:47 AM PST by jveritas
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To: Gritty
RE: "Maybe there is no Social Security crisis?"

I think that you are on to something!

"Cheap" labor," virtually free domestic help, and the elimination of the looming 10-trillion dollar obligation faced by our ruling class of both Parties! That's why they are the anointed ones and we're not.

This is not sarcasm.

Meanwhile the Bush Republicans are whistling and singing, "Look on the bright side of things."

31 posted on 12/17/2004 5:34:32 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (MSM Fraudcasters are skid marks on journalism's clean shorts.)
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To: jveritas; COEXERJ145

Your contribution to keeping this thread moving is appreciated.


32 posted on 12/17/2004 8:09:33 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
I think that you are on to something!

I originally wrote it tongue in cheek, but as I read it through again, it made more sense to me also. It did not make me feel good reflecting about it.

That's why I put no "/sarcasm/" tag with it.

33 posted on 12/17/2004 8:35:50 AM PST by Gritty ("We do have immigration laws, apparently made for the sole purpose of flouting them-WF Buckley Jr.)
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To: Gritty
RE: It did not make me feel good reflecting about it.

Well, these are "interesting times."

We are in a war as real as W.W.II, at least.

"In my view, the stakes are much higher in the war on terror than in anything we've faced since World War II, and probably World War II as well," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers.

Saddled with a 10+ trillion dollar obligation to care for the elderly that could easily hinder our ability to fight a protracted war that some believe will last as long as the Cold War, I am sure that the thought has crossed Washington's mind.

W.W.II leaders let bombs fall on civilians fearing that to intercept the bombers would tip off the enemy that their coded messages were being read. The war effort was far more important.

Is one generation worth more than the Republic itself?

I am positive that both Parties would answer without hesitation, No!

(Never mind that "cheap" labor is worth more than the Republic itself in the minds of those very same leaders willing to sacrifice the "boomers." I couldn't resist the editorializing. :) )

34 posted on 12/17/2004 9:35:57 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (MSM Fraudcasters are skid marks on journalism's clean shorts.)
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To: CHARLITE; Marine Inspector; FITZ; Fatalis; dennisw; Ajnin; Eaker; Squantos; Joe Hadenuf

Be careful. You may be called a racist neo-Nazi "Stormfront" shill for posting this article.

Truth is no defense, when the race-baiters arrive on a thread to defend open borders.


35 posted on 12/17/2004 9:43:40 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: jveritas

For some reason, you seem to have missed this thread.


36 posted on 12/17/2004 11:29:57 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: CHARLITE

Ironically, the public health community has been aware of this danger for years. “Hundreds of blood recipients may be silently infected,” writes Donald G. McNeil, Jr. in the New York Times (November 18, 2003), “and there is no effective treatment for them. After a decade, 10 to 30 percent of them will die when their hearts or intestines, weakened by the disease, explode.”

It would be poetic justice if the persons responsible for preventing the securing of our borders would contract this disease.


37 posted on 12/17/2004 11:32:15 AM PST by millefleur (Bush has no mandate to give away America to Mexico)
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To: millefleur

BTT


38 posted on 12/18/2004 1:11:37 PM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Travis McGee

BTT


39 posted on 12/19/2004 11:51:28 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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