The Truth About Migrants, The Caravan and Disease

“What’s coming over into the U.S. could harm everyone.”

Trump was right – “shithole countries” are not sending us their best 

By Walter E. Williams, August 29, 2018 – 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 diseases such as tuberculosismalariahepatitispoliomeaslesmumpsHIVsyphilisgonorrhea, and more.

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, pertussisrubellarabieshepatitis Ainfluenza, 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, chickenpoxmethicillin-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 …

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. Read more. 

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. 

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