The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is uninterested in helping the U.S. Border Patrol contain disease brought into the country along with the surge of illegal immigrants, they told a union representative.
Stu Harris, Vice President of National Border Patrol Council Local 1929, says he alerted the governmental health agency concerning agents coming into contact with detained illegal immigrants harboring disease, and was told it was a situation not worth looking in to.
“I actually called the CDC to see if this would be something they were interested in and I was informed since they’re not a regulatory body they had no interest in this issue,” Harris exclusively said to Infowars.
“Anybody that comes into this country could be bringing disease,” Harris said. “But the bigger concern with that particular issue is you may have a thousand people housed in the same area, and all it takes is one or two with an infectious disease and you’ve got a problem on your hands.”
Harris told us agents possess basic EMT skills and that EMT from other sectors come help, but that they are in no way prepared to deal with the magnitude of illegals being detained each day.
Despite a number of Customs and Border Protection agents contracting communicable diseases in deep south Texas, and reports of swine flu, HIV, scabies and tuberculosis outbreaks, the CDC has yet to issue a statement regarding the risk to public health posed by the endless onslaught of Central American immigrants illegally penetrating the nation’s borders.
“A public health crisis, the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime, is looming,” Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet reported last week for WND. “Hardest hit by exposures to these difficult-to-treat diseases will be elderly, children, immunosuppressed cancer-patients, patients with chronic lung disease or congestive heart failure. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is the most serious risk, but even diseases like measles can cause severe complications and death in older or immunocompromised patients.”
Vliet says the media and governmental agencies, in attempts to paint the immigrant surge as a “humanitarian crisis,” are intentionally downplaying public health risks, much to the public’s detriment.
“Many people are trying to diminish the seriousness of this. They say, ‘We have these diseases in the U.S.’ Well yes, we do, but they’ve been well controlled, we have good hygiene, and most of our parents keep children home when they’re sick,” Vliet recently told Breitbart News.
“It’s a very real risk.. It could get out of hand very quickly; but since these are common disease that people have heard of, the risk isn’t necessarily taken seriously.”
The CDC’s “Mission, Role and Pledge” states:
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.
Considering the CDC’s stated commitment to “protect America from health, safety and security threats,” and notably of “foreign” origin, and talk of responding to dangerous threats “when they arise,” it’s not so far-fetched to assume the agency’s silence in the face of a looming crisis could be politically motivated.
Contrast the current lack of immigrant medical attention to immigrant inspections given prior to entering the United States around the 1900s, where a vigorous medical screening process began in the country of origin, continued on ships destined for the U.S. and finished at Ellis Island.
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