Yes, Unvetted Illegal Caravans Threaten Public Health


Yes, Unvetted Illegal Caravans Threaten Public Health

USA – -( We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America's public health and safety.

Just look at these hyperventilating headlines and tweets.

From Newsweek, which is supposed to, you know, report actual news of the week: “‘We don't know what people have': Laura Ingraham calls migrant caravan a health issue.”

And from The Daily Beast: “Fox & Friends Host Brian Kilmeade Fears ‘Diseases' Brought By Migrant Caravan.”

This is not “news.” It's propaganda recycled and regurgitated by lazy political operatives masquerading as journalists. At least the Newsweek writer gave credit to his zealous hitmen sources: “Ingraham's comments,” he dutifully wrote, “were first highlighted by Media Matters for America.”

MMfA is a militant left-wing oppo research outfit funded by progressive billionaire George Soros. Somehow, not-really-Newsweek forgot to mention this fact. (Alas, mentioning Soros subsidies has also become a forbidden act this week, but that's another story.)

The determined intent of these “news” pieces is not to inform readers but to inflame them with the dog-whistle assumption that conservatives, Fox personalities and ordinary Americans who worry about diseases from immigration are de facto racists.

On cue, tennis star and celebrity leftist Martina Navratilova barked at Fox News' Kilmeade on Twitter: “YOU ARE THE DISEASE! the migrants are not the problem, trump and his sycophants, like you, are the problem. Stop spewing fear and prejudice.”

Comedian John Henson tweeted: “Brian Kilmeade is spreading the disease of intolerance every single day…”

And former Clinton press flack-turned CNN hack Joe Lockhart wrote: “This is the disease Fox News spreads every day. They are complicit with Trump in trying to change the character of our country.”

Newsflash, fake newsers: It's neither racist nor xenophobic nor hateful to discuss the impact of unfettered mass immigration and unvetted caravans of illegal border-crossers on our public health.

My parents, legal immigrants from the Philippines, were screened for a panoply of communicable and infectious diseases.

My husband's great-great grandparents and their relatives from Ukraine underwent thorough medical and physical exams at Ellis Island immediately after disembarking from their arduous transatlantic journeys. A team of doctors checked for everything from eye disease and muscle weakness to heart conditions, ringworm and mental deficiencies.

Those who failed were rejected and ejected. No appeals, no apologies, no amnesty.

I find it especially bizarre that some of the same outspoken, big government advocates for vaccinating every American citizen, young or old, against every possible condition, from the flu to chickenpox to HPV, are the same types now howling over the commonsense idea that we should protect ourselves from foreign diseases.

It wasn't Trump's idea to build a wall against microscopic invaders.

The Immigration and Nationality Act mandates medical screening exams for legal immigrants and refugees from around the world. The tests are performed by authorized physicians in either the applicants' countries of origin or in the United States. The process includes “a physical examination, mental health evaluation, syphilis serologic testing… and chest radiography followed by acid-fast bacillus smears and sputum cultures if the chest radiograph is consistent with tuberculosis (TB).”

Legal immigrants and refugees must provide mandatory proof of vaccination for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, meningococcus, chicken pox, pneumonia and seasonal flu.

Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control, not Fox News or the Trump White House or any other evil conservatives, reports that “most experts agree that testing for TB, hepatitis B, and HIV should be performed for most new arrivals to the United States. Clinicians should also make a habit of ensuring that this screening has been done for every new non-US-born patient they see, regardless of time since the person's arrival.”

Actual public health experts across the Southwest have reported rises in drug-resistant TB and dengue fever. In June, Australian public health researchers reported that “scabies, long considered a disease of the past in the developed world, is making its way back.” The scientists pointed to mass global migration as a leading factor, noting scabies outbreaks among refugees to the European Union and along America's southern border.

And in Germany, federal epidemiologists reported that since opening the floodgates to migrants in 2015, data show “increased incidences in Germany of adenoviral conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough.”

It's simply insane to argue we should turn a blind eye to the health status of law-breaking aliens. And it's treachery, yes, treachery, for so-called journalists to use their platforms to blithely smear those who dare to question open borders orthodoxy or report the highly inconvenient facts.

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

About: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on As well as the author of “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs” and “Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America…” . Her email address is [email protected]

  • 13 thoughts on “Yes, Unvetted Illegal Caravans Threaten Public Health

    1. Illegals want your job! This invasion heading towards america will be bringing many strange disease along with street drugs, gang members, middle east terrorists, undercover foreign agents, etc. I’ve seen on tv some churches and organizations that said they will welcome these people with open arms and give them money, jobs and apartments. Wow! We’ve got a increase in homeless americans ( many are our veteran) and they doent give a damn about them! These illegals wave foreign flags and spit and burn american flags! What are they coming here for then? All this is going to do is turn american into a third world country. These people dont really want to work just collect government benifits and have their kids sell illegal drugs to make extra money. I know 2 people layed off who are looking for work, cant find any as thete are 30 or 40 applications ahead of them and they cant get hired because they dont speak spanish. Can you believe this crap? Also a side note ive seen these people on tv who refuse to get any shots well if you had to go to the hospital would you tell the doctor i don’t want any shots against infection r disease? Illegals want your job and take over America!

    2. The disease these uneducated, poor people bring with them is a good reason NOT to let them in. How about that, there is a law that they have to be examined and vaccinated before they can live here. They are only coming here because there is an open book of freebees awaiting them. They won’t look for work but work to get all they can from the American people and they don’t care if they bring a bunch of diseases with them.

    3. Plus, how much is all of that screening and treatment going to cost? Who is going to pay for it? Medicare and Medicaid are insolvent as it is. The great majority of those illegal foreigners do not speak English, have no marketable skills, and will end up consuming healthcare, housing, and food stamp benefits paid for and meant for American citizens.

      1. Vaccinations are responsible for these outbreaks. Unfortunately, the medical profession and media will not admit this as it undermines the profits for vaccine manufacturers. The majority of the children succumbing to the disease were vaccinated against polio. We have been told the war on polio is 99% successful but the truth is all they have done is renamed an old disease with a new name – Acute Flaccid Paralysis. Those vaccinated also become carriers and it can spread to those around them.

        The medical community and fed gov (who, by a law passed by CONgress) have made the vaccine manufacturers immune from law suits. What other manufacturing businesses have immunity from law suits? none. The gov protects vaccine manufacturers and all health care practitioners from when things go terribly wrong.

        1. Polio was a world wide pandemic …until we all became vaccinated against it, those vaccinations do work and saved millions of lives, tuberculosis was another killer !

        2. Say Mark;
          Have you been an indoctrinated low intelligence idiot long?
          ALL of that BS about vacinations have been proven to be FALSE and they were started by a sham
          “doctor ” in England whose degree has been withdrawn by the Royal Medical Society and his false spew articles removed from the pages of the magazines.
          Now go hug some people in Africa and South America with all those diseases and have a good time.
          I got Stuck for everything in the world by the Army and had been stuck for everything in the world while growing up with Dad in the Navy and I grew up HEALTHY and disease free.

    4. Since when was identifying George Soros’ subsidies “forbidden”, Michelle? Everything that rat does should be forced to the light of day, for scrutiny by the American people he is undermining with his funding of anarchist activities. Hell, he needs to be eliminated, literally.

      1. You nailed it on the head, Soros damn near bankrupted England single handedly, He is a global anarchist and the world needs to know what he has done and be reminded of it every day, he truly is the most Evil person on planet Earth!

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