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Republicans: Campaign Like Your Kids’ Lives Depend On It – Because They Do

The news that Ebola may have been allowed into Washington, DC and that a case of deadly whooping cough has been diagnosed in a DC suburb* would have been enough to shake any normal American government into following our existing health and infectious disease laws for all immigrants and visitors to the U.S. and closing our county’s borders.
Thom Tillis
But the Obama administration is not a normal government.

As our friend Diana West wrote on these pages back in July, “A normal government -- one with the best interests of its own citizens at heart -- would have taken immediate steps to 1) halt these border crossings that pose a dire threat to public health and safety, and 2) set in motion the deportation efforts necessary to return these illegal aliens to their home countries.”

And it would prevent from entering this country those aliens who may have been exposed to Ebola, whooping cough, and the Enterovirus 68 that is sweeping the country paralyzing and killing children.

Strangely, few Republicans seem to have grasped the public policy and political implications of the Dallas and DC Ebola patients’ arrival and the Enterovirus 68 epidemic.

One of the few who does seem to get it is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Jindal, whose chief political gifts are his compelling “son of immigrants” biography, and the fact that he is usually the smartest guy in the room, has led the way for other Republican elected officials and candidates to step up and fight Obama’s wanton disregard for our immigration and health laws.

Gov. Jindal on Friday called on President Barack Obama to restrict air travel from Ebola-stricken countries to prevent the spread of the virus.

Jindal (R) blasted Obama's response to the United States' first case of Ebola, saying the administration must "stop accepting flights from countries that are Ebola stricken."

"President Obama said it was 'unlikely' that Ebola would reach the U.S.," Jindal said in a press release. "Well, it has, and we need to protect our people. But the Obama administration keeps saying they won't shut down flights. They instead say we should listen to 'the experts.'…How exactly would stopping the entry of people potentially carrying the Ebola virus be counterproductive? This seems to be an obvious step to protect public health in the United States," concluded Jindal.

The Obama administration, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has rejected the idea of any travel ban, insisting that the chance of a widespread U.S. outbreak of the deadly pathogen is “remote,” according to the UK’s Daily Mail.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose state, The Daily Mail notes, has become “America's Ebola flashpoint,” wrote Thursday to the Federal Aviation Administration asking for “every available precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the United States.”

According to The Daily Mail, Cruz told the FAA “Due to the Obama administration's unclear approach to addressing the threat of the Ebola virus,' Cruz said in a statement, 'Americans – particularly the Texans who have possibly been exposed – deserve specific answers to how the administration is addressing travel to and from the countries impacted by the disease.”

Republican Texas congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) added in his own statement that it would be “appropriate to review our policies for travel to and from the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.”

The practical result of Obama’s immigration policies toward the sources of Ebola, whooping cough and Enterovirus 68 is a life or death threat to America’s children.

Inexplicably, North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis is the only Republican Senate candidate we can find who has grasped that protecting Americans, and especially American children, from the looming health disaster of Obama’s lawless immigration policies is an important issue in the 2014 midterm election. Tillis demanded on Thursday a nationwide travel ban from the three hardest-hit Ebola hotspots: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Tillis’ call for a travel ban shows that his campaign has grasped the political and policy implications of Obama’s disastrous failure to enforce our immigration and health security laws – it is time for the Republicans to drive the message home, close the deal with the “security Mom” vote and win the election.

* Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, Loudoun County, Virginia. 

Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, was nearly eradicated in the U.S.. Now, for example in illegal immigration hotspot California, health officials have declared a pertussis epidemic. Almost 8,000 cases were reported through Sept. 2, including three fatalities and 267 cases serious enough to require hospitalization. All of the fatalities and 169 of the most serious cases involved infants less than four months old.

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Immigration

Nobody should be allowed to come into the USA without a doctor examining them. Especially when those crossing the southern border are not known to be healthy. In Mexico they may be living in slums with no sanitation. If they are from other countries, all bets are off. Seems like quite a coincidence that we are having all the health problems this year?

I say Missouri did a very intelligent job of writing laws that keep "Illegals" from moving into their state. No to drivers licenses, hiring of illegals, and all govt. contractors must verify their employees. Also no "Sanctuaries".