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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Open Borders Open The Door To Zika

The spread of the Zika virus has become an alarming threat. More than 150 health experts from over a dozen countries published an open letter urging the postponement or relocation of the Summer Olympics scheduled for August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Never before in world history have the Olympics been cancelled due to a public health crisis. The scientists warned that “the Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before.” They added that an “unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic.” Imagine that! Global health experts are sounding alarm bells against the transmission of disease from one country to another. They are even declaring that the most famous international event in the world should be called off to prevent it.

Yet our open southern border allows an even greater number of people from Zika-plagued countries to invade our country every year, and thereby spread their diseases in our communities. Most countries in Central and South America are beset by the Zika virus today. Countries having a problem with the Zika virus include Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Those are the same countries that are flooding our nation with illegal immigrants.

President Obama demanded that Congress appropriate $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus in other countries. None of that money would be spent on securing our southern border against illegal immigration from Zika-plagued nations. Obama’s clueless Secretary of State, John Kerry, told the graduating class at Northeastern University, “You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.” Clearly the Obama administration has no idea how dangerous open borders can be to the health of American citizens. Our borders need to be secured to protect ourselves and our families from dangerous health risks like the Zika virus.

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