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CIS: Obama Needs to Bar Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Nations

By    |   Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:14 AM

In the interest of public health, President Barack Obama has the "authority and responsibility" to bar travelers from the three Ebola-stricken countries Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from entering the United States, according to Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies.

The U.S. has issued non-immigrant visas to some 13,500 people from those three countries to enter the U.S., Vaughn writes, citing figures from 2013 non-immigrant visa issuance statistics and information on visa validity periods. Last year, Liberians mostly business travelers and tourists were issued in excess of 3,500 non-immigrant visas, more than double the number in 2009. Liberia has the fifth highest visa overstay rate of any country, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which notes that a large percentage of Liberians stay in the U.S. illegally to "join a well-established Liberian community (many of whom have won green cards in the visa lottery)."

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began, the death toll has risen to 3,338 of 7,178 registered cases, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, according to Reuters.

While Namibia, Kenya, and Zambia have banned travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the Obama administration has not.

Federal officials announced Tuesday that a Liberian man who came to the U.S. 10 days earlier had the disease. The man, Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, began manifesting Ebola symptoms several days later and went to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas complaining of fever and abdominal pain. He was prescribed antibiotics and sent home. He returned two days later by ambulance, the same day his nephew called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the CDC.

"I called CDC to get some actions taken, because I was concerned for his life and he wasn't getting the appropriate care," Duncan's nephew, Josephus Weeks, told NBC News. "I feared other people might also get infected if he wasn't taken care of, and so I called them to ask them why is it a patient that might be suspected of this disease was not getting appropriate care?"

Refusing to initiate a visa ban from Ebola-affected countries is yet another example of the Obama administration’s dysfunctional immigration policy, Vaughn told The Daily Caller.

"Where immigration and travel security matters are concerned, this [U.S.] administration has a history of trying to sweep potential security and health threats under the rug," said Vaughan. "They’re on the side of acting like there not a threat, there’s nothing to see here."

A member of Congress in July asked Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson asked the officials to consider barring foreign travelers who have visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea within 90 days of seeking entry into the U.S., according to Vaughn.

"But, as with the threat from terrorism and from foreign criminal cartels, the Obama administration seems reluctant to use immigration controls even to protect the homeland," she writes.

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President Barack Obama has the authority and responsibility to bar travelers from the three Ebola-stricken countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea - from entering the United States, according to Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies.
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