Another case for stronger borders

What's stopping deadly disease from entering America? Not enough

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If America’s border security is so weak to be breached by thousands of unaccompanied Central American children, what’s to stop grown-ups from less hospitable regions from doing the same?

Answer: Not much, apparently.

But don’t take our word for it. Check the recent intelligence report compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, which reveals that thousands of immigrants from as far away as Africa and Asia have been caught illegally crossing the southern border, from 2010 to as recently as last month.

The report, now available online, also reveals at least 71 people from the three west African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak were among those who were caught or who turned themselves in between January and July of this year.

At the risk of engaging in “fear-mongering” – as some liberal pundits have accused “right-wing media” outlets of stoking with illegal-immigration health reporting – the Border Patrol document illustrates precisely why nations must have secure borders.

It isn’t just that that a potentially Ebola-infected illegal immigrant slipped in. It’s that they easily could have, given the porosity of our southern border and the Border Patrol’s preoccupation with housing, feeding and transporting the recent wave of illegal immigrant children from Central America.

It usually is prudent to avoid “overreacting” to a crisis, but when it comes to controlling the spread of Ebola – a highly fatal illness for which there is no cure – isn’t an extremely heightened reaction precisely what this nation needs?

Indeed, Tom Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that people “inevitably” would enter the United States with Ebola symptoms.

It is not possible to know how many illegal border-crossers went undetected. A federal report last year said the Border Patrol estimates it apprehends only 60 percent of those who enter illegally.

According to the leaked intelligence report, the 75 nationalities of those who were apprehended or turned themselves in included 3,246 people from China, 239 from Pakistan, 181 from Egypt and 38 from Yemen.

As alarming as those figures are, the actual numbers could be higher because they do not include data from other offices under Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The report gives credence to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s statements to CNN last weekend that the wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is a “side issue,” and that America should be “substantially more concerned about” criminals crossing the border.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN that his committee noticed this “very dangerous trend” a few years ago when an Iranian-based terrorist group was discovered planning an operation to infiltrate the United States through the southern border as part of a plot to kill a Saudi Arabian ambassador.

Anyone with nefarious intentions knows the easiest way to get into the United States is through its southern border. It’s only a matter of time before they exploit that weakness further.

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seenitB4 08/09/14 - 06:10 am
The only way to wake them up

Take the ebola patient straight to Washington DC....enter the walls of congress, that might get some attention.

deestafford 08/09/14 - 08:54 am
Once again the ACES has highlighted an issue...

Once again the ACES has highlighted an issue that the "compassionate" among us want to ignore. The threat which it points out is real and if the truth be known "they" are already here and just waiting to get their orders of sabotage and terrorism.

I'm continued to be amazed at the ignorance of the American left, some conservatives, and way too many religious leaders are seem to care nothing about the need for border security. It appears that they have been totally immersed in this "citizen of the world" hogwash and have forgot they are Americans first and putting America first is what should be their number one priority.

Is this ignorance a lack of proper education as a result of the left having taken over our education system.

Darby 08/09/14 - 11:27 am
Doesn't really matter ....

gotta take full and complete control of the country. Deal with the small stuff later.

Darby 08/09/14 - 11:34 am
And yes, Dee...

Does anybody really think that the mess we find ourselves in today would even have been possible if a majority of America's children had not had their brains replaced with virtual oatmeal for the last forty-plus years?

You can't have a government "Of the people, by the people and for the people" if the "people" are first conditioned and trained on how to think and react by that same government.

jimmymac 08/09/14 - 11:45 am

I've said in the past that the next terrorist attack in the United States will be biological. The terrorists are aware of the nonsense going on along our southern border. What better way to harm us instead of a suicide bomber than to have several suicide health bombers. Typhoid, Ebola, ricin and who knows what else could be coming into our country as we speak.

oldredneckman96 08/09/14 - 03:12 pm

China built the “Great Wall” Russia built a wall in Berlin. Walls work well to keep people in, not worth a damn to keep people out. To keep people out you have to wall off the entire country, to keep people in the wall only has to be large enough to keep criminal in. Put out the word to the world; if you are here without permission and you commit a crime, you stay in jail for life. Come here, work hard and behave no problem. After all, the only people here that did not need permission are the Native American Indians.

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