The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally released some of the data that the Border Patrol was accused of hiding but didn’t.
A freshly released bulletin on mumps, confirms that there really is a “disease crisis” on the border. Infected immigrants come pouring in with dangerous maladies which were nearly stamped out in North America years ago. Vaccines in the U.S. have helped to keep diseases down with only a few hundred reported each year.
Third World countries don’t provide nearly the same level of medical care that the United States does, and migrants are bringing their undetected and undiagnosed diseases across our borders. One of these diseases is mumps.
Since September, almost 900 immigrants have been identified with mumps. Even worse, over 30 border facility workers have contracted the disease too, and taken it back home to their families and communities, according to Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mumps is highly contagious. Symptoms include swollen glands, puffy cheeks, fever, headaches and could lead to hearing loss or meningitis. Of those that contracted mumps, at least 13 had to be hospitalized.
New cases keep cropping up, as migrants are transferred between facilities or detained. Just last week alone, 15 centers in seven states were reporting patients with active symptoms.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox wants everyone to know that CBP is doing everything they can. They have “medical professionals screening detainees within 24 hours of their arrival to prevent the spread of diseases.”
So far, most of the reported cases have been in Texas. The state’s Department of State Health Services led the charge in raising the alert to the CDC in December. At the time, they wanted to coordinate a “national outbreak response.” They passed out over 25,000 measles, mumps and rubella vaccines in migrant processing centers nationwide. Of the 315 facilities holding migrants, 34 are owned by private companies
Nashville immigration attorney R. Andrew Free has been keeping track of mumps outbreaks through advocates and other attorneys working in the area. “This has all the makings of a public health crisis,” Free said.
Of course, being a progressive, he has to blame it all on Immigration and Customs Enforcement, never the border jumping migrants who bring the diseases in. “ICE has demonstrated itself incapable of ensuring the health and safety of people inside these facilities.” That is exactly why President Donald Trump and the Republicans have been calling for more money to enforce immigration laws.
Another big thing that would help stop the spread of these controllable diseases is to build a nice big secure border wall. If migrants are forced to come in through the door, instead of over the fence, they can be screened and isolated before epidemics break out.
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