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‘Reporter’ Mocks GOP Concerns About Illegals And Ebola

From the Atlantic’s anti-Republican attack dog, Arit [sic] John:

The ‘Migrant Kids Could Carry Ebola’ Theory Reaches House Republicans

By Arit John | August 5, 2014

Two threads of the same news cycle came together Monday when Republican Rep. Todd Rokita suggested some of the migrant kids might have Ebola. Before you read any further, please note: Ebola does not exist in Central America, as several doctors told NBC News.

This is what passes for journalism at the Atlantic. Earth to Mr. John: not all of the ‘migrants’ are from Central America. As we noted just a couple of days ago, the Customs and Border Protection agency issued a report that said: "At least 71 individuals from the three nations affected by the current Ebola outbreak have either turned themselves in or been caught attempting to illegally enter the U.S. by U.S. authorities between January 2014 and July 2014."

Rokita, who will likely later tell us he’s not a scientist, made his comments during an appearance on a local radio show.

And yet Mr. John will likely tell us he is a real journalist.

According to The Times of Northwest Indiana, Rokita was quoting a comment made by fellow G.O.P. lawmaker Rep. Larry Buschon, when he embellished a little and said:

He said, look, we need to know just from a public-health standpoint, with Ebola circulating and everything else — no, that’s my addition to it, not necessarily his — but he said we need to know the condition of these kids.

Rokita isn’t the first person to float this theory. Last month G.O.P. Rep. Phil Gingrey told MSNBC that Ebola was one of the diseases the border patrol is concerned about, adding “I can’t tell you specifically that there were any cases of Ebola, I don’t think there were, but of course Tuberculosis, Chagas disease, many – small pox, some of the infectious diseases of children, all of these are concerns.”

Exactly what part of this is inaccurate or fear-mongering?

According to NBC, Tuberculosis is one disease migrants kids might have, but they are screened and vaccinated within days of being detained.

Tuberculosis isn’t the only disease these ‘migrants’ have. Besides, most cases of TB do not have symptoms. And many strains of TB are now drug resistant. Besides, a vaccine doesn’t help much if you already have TB. (You pompous ignoramus.)

Also, if anything kids from other countries should be worried about the preventable diseases they’ll catch here — the U.S. has a 92 percent vaccination rate. Mexico has a 99 percent rate, while Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have 93 percent rates.

And Mr. John believe this. He probably also believes their children are far healthier than ours.

The reason for all the fear mongering is that treating unaccompanied migrant kids like little disease riddled epidemics waiting to happen is one of the last socially "acceptable" ways to express xenophobic opinions without saying something explicitly racist.

What a surprise. ‘The race card.’ 

“There is a long, sad and shameful tradition in the United States in using fear of disease, contagion and contamination to stigmatize immigrants and foreigners,” Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center told NBC News. The countries of origin and deadly diseases may change, but the sentiments are the same.

That’s odd. The news media’s darling, Ellis Island had a two-fold mission. To keep foreigners who were diseased and foreigners who could not support themselves out of the US. That is the long tradition in the US. And it is nothing to be ashamed of, unless you are psychologically unbalanced.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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