Haven’t you heard the latest? Apparently these immigrant children from Central America are a threat to spread Ebola to the United States. A remarkable feat considering there’s never been a single case of the virus in the Western Hemisphere.
I guess someone needs to tell that to Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.). He recently wrote a letter to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning that these Central American immigrants are carrying deadly viruses.
“Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning,” Gingrey wrote. “Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles.”
But even going beyond his ridiculous Ebola claims, his entire attempt at fear mongering is based on fiction instead of fact. As the Texas Observer points out, many immigrants from Central America are more likely to be vaccinated than children in Texas. In fact, 93 percent of children in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are vaccinated compared to only 92 percent of American children.
Furthermore, none of those countries has had an outbreak of measles in 24 years. By contrast the United States has seen 566 reported cases of measles, since January 1 of this year. In other words, these immigrant children from Central America are more at risk of catching some of these diseases from us than we are from them.
But to add even more absurdity to this story, Gingrey has strong ties to a group called the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. A far-right radical group that opposes all mandatory vaccines. In fact, they apparently tout having “access” to him as a perk of membership. So he’s clearly aligned with their anti-vaccine propaganda.
Oh, and he is also a medical doctor. Which, I guess, is the “credibility” he uses to push his nonsense.
So we have a Republican congressman (who’s an actual doctor) making blatantly false claims about “diseased immigrants” not being properly vaccinated – while having ties to a radical right-wing group that opposes vaccinations.
Irony and hypocrisy wrapped up in a box of crazy with a bow on top. You just can’t make it up.
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