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Immigrants and Disease
Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2018 | Walter E. Williams

Posted on 08/29/2018 5:43:16 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Immigration and Nationality Act mandates that all immigrants and refugees undergo a medical screening examination to determine whether they have an inadmissible health condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has technical instructions for medical examination of prospective immigrants in their home countries before they are permitted to enter the U.S. They are screened for communicable and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps and HIV. They are also tested for syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases. The CDC also has medical screening guidelines for refugees. These screenings are usually performed 30 to 90 days after refugees arrive in the United States.

But what about people who enter our country illegally? The CDC specifically cites the possibility of the cross-border movement of HIV, measles, pertussis, rubella, rabies, hepatitis A, influenza, tuberculosis, shigellosis and syphilis. Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent in South Texas, warned: "What's coming over into the U.S. could harm everyone. We are starting to see scabies, chickenpox, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections and different viruses." Some of the youngsters illegally entering our country are known to be carrying lice and suffering from various illnesses. Because there have been no medical examinations of undocumented immigrants, we have no idea how many are carrying infectious diseases that might endanger American children when these immigrants enter schools across our nation.

According to the CDC, in most industrialized countries, the number of cases of tuberculosis and the number of deaths caused by TB steadily declined during the 100 years prior to the mid-1980s. Since the '80s, immigrants have reversed this downward trend in countries that have had substantial levels of immigration from areas where the disease is prevalent. In 2002, the CDC said: "Today, the proportion of immigrants among persons reported as having TB exceeds 50 percent in several European countries, including Denmark, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. A similar proportion has been predicted for the United States". The number of active TB cases among American-born citizens declined from an estimated 17,725 in 1986 to 3,201 in 2015. That was an 80 percent drop. Data reported to the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System show that the TB incidence among foreign-born people in the United States (15.1 cases per 100,000) is approximately 13 times the incidence among U.S.-born people (1.2 cases per 100,000). Those statistics refer to immigrants who are legally in the U.S. There is no way for us to know the incidence of tuberculosis and other diseases carried by those who are in our country illegally and hence not subject to medical examination.

This public health issue is ignored by all those Americans championing sanctuary cities. The public health issue is also ignored by Americans clamoring for open borders, and that includes many of my libertarian friends. By the way, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, when masses of European immigrants were trying to enter our country, those with dangerous diseases were turned back from Ellis Island. Americans hadn't "progressed" to the point of thinking that anyone in the world has a legal right to live in America. Neither did they think that it was cruel or racist to take measures to prevent our fellow Americans from catching diseases from foreigners.

But aside from diseases, there is the greater threat of welcoming to our shores people who have utter contempt for Western values and want to import anti-Western values to our country, such as genital mutilation, honor killings and the oppression of women. Many libertarian types make the argument that we would benefit from open borders when it comes to both people and goods. That vision ignores the important fact that when we import, say, tomatoes from Mexico, as opposed to people, to the U.S., they are not going to demand that we supply them with welfare benefits.

The bottom line is that we Americans have a right to decide who enters our country and under what conditions. If we forgo that right, we cease to be a sovereign nation. But that may not be important to some Americans.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aliens; disease; health; immigration

1 posted on 08/29/2018 5:43:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Just bringing the diseases Americans don’t have.....


2 posted on 08/29/2018 5:51:21 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Kaslin

Disease we’ve eradicated are now starting to reappear, thanks to illegal aliens. It’s an attack on the USA!


3 posted on 08/29/2018 6:04:54 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Boycott The NFL! Molon Labe! Oathkeeper)
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To: Kaslin

Illegal aliens spreading the diseases Americans just won’t spread.


4 posted on 08/29/2018 6:08:28 AM PDT by Tell It Right (God's truth is bigger than Darwin's lies.)
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To: Kaslin

That picture is scary as can be to me. That is the way the authorities tracked down Ebola cases here in Sierra Leone.

As a car or group pulled up to a roadblock, each person had their temperature checked. If you were high, you were pulled out and checked by doctors in another facility nearby. If they suspected that you did have Ebola, you were wrapped up like a bio hazard and sent to the nearest Ebola facility, where you would probably die.

But it did solve the Ebola problem.


5 posted on 08/29/2018 6:11:36 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Kaslin

We quarantine animals. The same should be done with humans. Especially, US health workers coming back. Many go straight from the flight in to the US operating table.


6 posted on 08/29/2018 6:18:09 AM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: Road Warrior ‘04
Disease we’ve eradicated are now starting to reappear, thanks to illegal aliens. It’s an attack on the USA!


7 posted on 08/29/2018 6:31:11 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Marxism: Trendy theory, wrong species)
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To: Kaslin; Liz; AuntB; greyfoxx39; La Lydia; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; ...

IMMIGRANTS don’t bring disease here...they are checked for any BEFORE they leave their countries...foreign nationals who are sick are not allowed to come to the US...

These are illegal aliens or the “refugees” that Obama snuck in here...


8 posted on 08/29/2018 6:33:33 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Kaslin

The Open Borders Agenda and The Reinfecting Of America ~

In 2015, the CDC sounded the alarm, and reported the reintroduction of completely or nearly eradicated infectious diseases into the United States through the influx of infected, third-world illegal aliens. These returning diseases include: Tuberculosis, Measles, Whooping Cough, Mumps, Scarlet Fever and Bubonic Plague. And last week, the CDC reported measles outbreaks in twenty-one states and the District of Columbia. Coincidence? No.

America’s corrupt socialist media has never reported, and will never report the causal connection between these new infectious disease outbreaks and the flood of disease-carrying, third-world insurgents who are spilling over our borders. By intentionally “disappearing” the truth for the benefit of open borders globalists, they are knowingly subverting American public health policy, and destroying all of the exhaustive and past successful efforts of our CDC’s disease epidemiologists.

As with all socialist and communist ideologies, the health and welfare of the proletariat is never a consideration, when advancing the totalitarian cause. For them, the citizens are always deemed “expendable,” even if it results in the willfully negligent importation of deadly hemorrhagic diseases like Ebola. Their end will always justify their means — no matter how disastrous.


9 posted on 08/29/2018 6:47:21 AM PDT by Ancient Man
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To: bgill

We did quarantine immigrants on Ellis Island. This was even depicted in one of the most famous movies ever. The Godfather II. Poor little Vito from Corleone, Italy was quarantined because of testing positive for TB.


10 posted on 08/29/2018 7:07:28 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Road Warrior ‘04

My son decided to take a college course and he’s 40. The admissions wanted proof he had been vaccinated 40 years ago. I said why and his answer was because of all the foreign students coming in bringing stuff. I guess his doctor was able to do a special blood test that shows proof he had been vaccinated.


11 posted on 08/29/2018 7:07:41 AM PDT by lilypad
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To: Kaslin

Don’t forget all the diseases we hadn’t even heard of before this mass illegal immigration started - chikungunya, dengue fever, yaws, Chagas’ disease, etc.


12 posted on 08/29/2018 7:08:02 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals.")
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To: Tennessee Nana

Actually, Trump is sneaking the refugees in, too, albeit in smaller numbers.


13 posted on 08/29/2018 7:45:44 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks ( The US Constitution ....... Invented by geniuses and God .... Administered by morons ......)
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To: Ancient Man

Excellent information. All here should read this.


14 posted on 08/29/2018 8:00:35 AM PDT by frank ballenger (End noncitizen & illegals voting & leftist media news censorship or we're finished.)
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To: Kaslin

I read an article last night on the astonishing rise of STDs in the US.

Gee,I wonder how that happened?/s

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15 posted on 08/29/2018 8:07:18 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Re: “Actually, Trump is sneaking the refugees in, too, albeit in smaller numbers.”

Tragically, that is correct. From memory, Obama let in about 80,000 refugees in 2016. Trump, as I recall, is on track for about 45,000 per year.

In addition...

From January 2017 to May 2018, Trump retained the Catch-and-Release border policy that George Bush and Barack Obama used for 16 years.

As the 2018 mid-terms approached, as illegal border crossings steadily increased, and as the “Mexican Refugee Caravan” gained national attention, Trump decided to impose a “zero tolerance” border policy.

Unfortunately, Trump's passion for a Border Wall and “zero tolerance” only seems to appear right before elections.

16 posted on 08/29/2018 1:46:05 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
Personally, I think the number of refugees should be zilcharoons until we can vet them to make sure they're from a more peaceable sect of Islam, such as Sufi or Ahmadiyya, or a US-allied sect. Wouldn't be perfect, but the refugee cadre we do let in would be less likely to succumb to . . .


17 posted on 08/30/2018 3:11:08 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks ( The US Constitution ....... Invented by geniuses and God .... Administered by morons ......)
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To: Guenevere; Kaslin
Just bringing the diseases Americans don’t have.....

When you import Third World people by the millions, you wind up importing the entire Third World package - including its diseases and parasites.

18 posted on 08/30/2018 11:20:09 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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