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Obama Lifts Ban On HIV Entries To US

From a walking on air Associated Press:

Obama lifts ban on US entry for those with HIV

By Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. will overturn a 20-year-old U.S. travel ban against people with HIV early next year.

The order will be finalized on Monday, Obama said, completing a process begun during the Bush administration.

The U.S. has been one of about a dozen countries that bar entry to travelers based on their HIV status. Obama said it will be lifted just after the new year, after a waiting period of about 60 days.

"If we want to be a global leader in combatting HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it," Obama said at the White House before signing a bill to extend the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program…

In 1987, at a time of widespread fear and ignorance about HIV, the Department of Health and Human Services added the disease to the list of communicable diseases that disqualified a person from entering the U.S.

The department tried in 1991 to reverse its decision but was opposed by Congress, which in 1993 went the other way and made HIV infection the only medical condition explicitly listed under immigration law as grounds for inadmissibility to the U.S.

The law effectively has kept out thousands of students, tourists and refugees and has complicated the adoption of children with HIV. No major international AIDS conference has been held in the U.S. since 1993, because HIV-positive activists and researchers cannot enter the country.

Obama said lifting the ban "is a step that will save lives" by encouraging people to get tested and to get treatment.

Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, said the ban pointlessly has barred people from the U.S. and separated families with no benefit to public health

Ever wonder why it is so important for Mr. Obama and the Democrats to stop insurance companies from ‘discriminating’ against prior conditions?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Obama Lifts Ban On HIV Entries To US”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Muslims and illegals to the left; HIV positive spreaders to the right.
    The sickness from this regime is “Out of Control!”

    Will they get free gubbamint health care too?

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Yes! And Here They Come! I Love a Parade!!!


    Fine Americans They’ll Make Too!

  3. Right of the People says:

    Like they used to say back in the early 90s, “Got Aids Yet?”

    This is right up there when Jemmy let Fidel empty his jails and insane asylums and send them here. The Won™ probably has some distant family members from back in the old country who couldn’t get a visa to visit. After all, the Dark Continent is where this sh*t started.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      (here we go!!)

      It supposedly started with a “GREEN” monkey bite.
      Go figure!!
      Go Green!!

  4. TerryAnne says:

    “If we want to be a global leader in combatting HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it,” Obama said at the White House before signing a bill to extend the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program…

    Yep…because these two things have soooo much to do with each other.

    Obama said lifting the ban “is a step that will save lives” by encouraging people to get tested and to get treatment.

    Well, thanks. Admitting more people in the country with AIDS will force us to get tested more because our EXPOSURE to the disease will climb.

    Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, said the ban pointlessly has barred people from the U.S. and separated families with no benefit to public health…

    No benefit to public health? Aren’t these the same people who, just a mere 15 years ago, were telling us that everyone was going to be infected with HIV/AIDS at the drop of a hat? Also, injecting more disease ridden people into our culture – just as were about to have socialized medicine rammed down our throats – really won’t be a benefit to public health.

    Why not just abolish our Constitution and be done with it already, Traitor In Chief?

    (on edit – how the heck do you bold on here) :)

    (on edit edit – Thanks guys! Apparently I need to brush up on my wiki-ness.) ;)

    • DW says:

      how the heck do you bold on here) :)

      TerryAnne, you were close, you just used the wrong brackets.
      Use these: (minus the spaces of course).

      OK, third edit…sigh. I’m trying to post the pointy brackets, the ones that look like “greater than” or “less than” symbols but this program keeps deleting them. The ones on the same keys as the comma and period.

      I gotta stop trying to sound like I know what I’m doing….lol

    • Steve says:

      To bold use < instead of [ .

  5. proreason says:

    Great. Now we will have thousands of HIV Apple Seeds infecting the country.

    How many people does each HIV victim infect?

    How racist of me. These new voters, of course, will be very careful to protect our countrymen. Obamy will insist on it.

    But lets just say, for grins, that each one infects 5 others, and those infect 4 each and those infect 3 each and those infect 2 each and those infect 1 each. And that the cost to treat each is $100,000 (it’s more like 1,000,000), and that a mere 1000 will get into the country (it will be more like 10,000 per year), and of course, that TAXPAYERS will pay for everything.

    The cost of those outrageously understated assumptions is 12 Billion a year.


    Isn’t it wonderful.

  6. canary says:

    Obama’s lift HIV/AIDS of the ban and offering free medical must be the 5% who won’t be required to pay for a health insurance policy.

    Educating countries with aids hasn’t been working. Muslims and Africans believe that by raping a virgin, or eating body parts of a healthy baby will cure aids, and they just won’t change their ethical beliefs. As there is no cure for AIDS we can expect many to move to America to die in hospitals.
    Africa leads in AIDS and this Obama’s way of making whites a minority. Of course if someone with AIDS trys to rape our young virgin girls to get cured, you can not lay a finger on them, or it will violate the latest hate crime bill towards sexual deviants he just added to the bottom of a bill he passed.

  7. canary says:

    Now I’m positive Pelosi lost weight over night. A sucking machine.

  8. VMAN says:

    Sure let them all in this country. Let them all give blood while they’re here and have sex with at least four or five people (male female it makes no difference). Can anyone say Cloward Piven?

  9. pdsand says:

    I remember this came up during the campaign right? Right between middle class tax cuts and eliminating government waste?

  10. beautyofreason says:

    I guess this and the hate crimes bill are his response to the gay rights protests on Washington last week?

    If only he had so much as noticed the Tea Party protesters, who criticized public debt and numbered over a million. But I guess he doesn’t think about the people who have to pay for his projects. We’re his credit card. The Constitution, a.k.a. spending limit,

    P.S. I live near an urban area with a lot of African immigrants from the Sub-Saharan countries who peddle fake purses on the side of the street out of suitcases. Few of them speak coherent English, some are quite rowdy and I get the sudden feeling that I’m in a third world country when I walk by.

    So what happens if some of these HIV positive people who come to the U.S. aren’t just family members or responsible adults or educated citizens cut out of the loop, but immigrate from those from the third world with no interest in preventing HIV from spreading, no knowledge of condoms, polygamous practices, or from a place with wide ignorance or superstition about the disease?

    What then? Does he have an answer or a safeguard in place? Of course not.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      They aren’t here for a visit. They are here to apply for a work visa and “GREEN” card!!
      Now they will be lost in the system.

  11. dannil says:

    Looks like George Washington pix is in upper left, good. Is that a plantation picture behind? Sure is sad to not see the US flag being displayed. Usually said that a left handed person is using the right brain, guess that saying is a falllacy.

  12. catie says:

    And the hits just keep on coming!

  13. joeblough says:

    I know this bastard hates us and wants us to die.

    But I really wish he would be just a bit less insulting about it.

  14. canary says:

    I am not being sarcastic by my previous post above at 4:02. Awhile back I studied why Africa has the highest race. I was explaining it to a conservative friend that asked me to stop. It’s all the voo-doo, exorcisms and witchcraft that Obama participated and witnessed, in Indonesia, that he hid from his mother as a child. The women in these countries put menstrual blood in men’s drinks too. It’s reality. And it has done no good to try and change their belief systems anymore than you can change extremist muslims from their convert to muslim or kill.

    When I told my young son today, he said it will be a pandemic. I asked where he learned, and he said in school today they played a game on how aids spreads. I signed premission for him to take this class, and at least they got it right this year. Usually, the classes have been biased to avoid fear and phobia. Such, as if you have an open sore in your mouth and kiss someone with AIDS with an open sore, you can get AIDS from slavia. Hepatitis C you do not share toothbrushes or nail-clippers.

    So, Fear-Monger Obama keeps using the term Pandemic for the swine flu, yet he his intentionally, trying to cause a Pandemic of AIDS in the U.S.
    WARNING FOR THOSE WILL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL. Aside the suicide classes being tought for over a decade in schools, where the children right their obituaries and plan their funerals (done a Columbine)
    now my school is saying the percentage of suicidal teens has increased and and so they are now screening all our children WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT, such is without written permission, and without parent’s knowledge. Considering how many “young adult categorized books” elementary and mid-high children are required to read, that condone suicide, such as Rumble Fish, or was it the Outsiders, where at the end the one kid saves another kid from a bully, rubs a liquor store is shot dead by police, but hailed a hero, and adults pointing out to the children
    that the teen had been suicidal and wished to die a long time. Then there is “and then there were none” (Christia Agatha) where their were at least two suicides in the book. Watch what your children and grandchildren are doing in school, because Spirit Bear (written by a former nut criminal who lives in the mountans alone) the Giver (sexual graphic, murdering baby’s as only two allowed, sexual content the children are too young to even discern) are so graphic, violent and depressing and insane, and they wonder why children are depressed, aside the bullying.
    At a football game my son, who has always been one of the smallest in school, never looks like he’s in a gang, white, blond hair, one of the smallest in school, was wearing red, torquois blue, and gold, and a hat with several colors, was approached by afro-american bloods threatening him, because they believed he was a crypt. These kids have plenty of money, none of that poverty, oppression. They are just bully’s. So, Obama should try and be a role model, and tell them it’s not cool. But, Obama empathizes with criminals and violent bullies his entire life. Thank you for letting me vent.

  15. Media_man says:

    This seems like an open invitation to everyone on Earth with HIV (and their entire extended families) to come to the USA for free healthcare.

    And if you disagree with Obama’s edict, you are a homophobic racist.

  16. canary says:

    Why didn’t Obama go help his one relative in Kenya that died from AIDS? Guess he’s making it easier for them to come here. Pro-environment, right

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