Alan Grayson: Close borders to people from countries with Ebola outbreak

grayson007-031413-jpgSomehow interpreting Africa’s Ebola outbreak a danger to Americans, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is seeking to ban U.S. entry to travelers from hard-hit countries.

The Florida Democrat wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on July 29, asking that citizens and travelers who recently visited countries most affected by the outbreak be temporarily prevented from coming to the United States, according to US News & World Report.

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“I write to request the imposition of a travel ban on the citizens of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and any foreign person who has visited one of these nations 90 days prior to arriving in the United States,” Grayson wrote. “I also ask that this ban be expanded to any other nation that reports originating a case of Ebola virus disease (‘Ebola’), and that travel restrictions be removed only when 90 days have passed without a newly reported case.”

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday they don’t expect the virus to spread to the United States, but doctors should be on the lookout.

Grayson doesn’t appear to be as worried about tuberculosis, scabies and other diseases threatening U.S. citizens with so many undocumented immigrants swarming over the U.S. border with Mexico.

In the liberal Huffington Post in 2012, Grayson wrote a telling blog titled, “Put a Little Love in Our Hearts,” saying:

“Let’s go over the basic facts. There are two large oceans that separate us from 191 of the 193 other countries in the world. Our northern border has been peaceful since 1812. Our southern border has been peaceful, more or less, since 1848. In the 229 years since the Treaty of Paris, establishing our independence, foreign military forces have attacked American territory only twice — in both cases, on the outermost periphery.”

Maybe he should consult the good folks in Texas, or the Border Patrol union.

 

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