Another GOP’er is warning us about those “infected poors” flooding our borders. Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN) took to the airwaves on Monday, conducing an interview with Indianapolis radio station WIBC to imply that children immigrating from Central America may be infected with Ebola.
Here’s my handy map, for the good congressman:
The Northwest Indiana Times reports that Rokita said that the issue of infection came up during a conversation with fellow Representative Larry Bucshon (R-IN). It’s good to see Republicans worry about public health, even as they refuse to fund Obamacare plans. Now if only they’d act on that worry to accomplish something useful, rather than deporting children back to certain death.
According to the Times, Rokita 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.
The current Ebola outbreak is one of the worst in recent memory, and Ebolavirus is not a virus with which to be trifled. More than 800 people are dead as a result, but there are no reported cases originating from the Western Hemisphere.
According to the United States Office of Refugee Resettlement, all refugees released to family members and sponsors first have to undergo a series of medical screenings to make sure they’re not infected with contagious illnesses — like Ebola.