GOP Congressman Falsely Accuses Immigrants of Carrying Diseases – Opposed Mandatory Vaccinations in U.S.

gingreyHaven’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 measlessince 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    He would be from the same GA that elected Paul Broun (who is actuallly an MD). What does this say about the state of their education and their medical schools ?

    Knew that Guatemala et al. have a national health plan and has better vaccination rates than the USA.

    But that the person floating the lie about carrying ebola (huh?) is also active in anti-vaccine movement ? Then add that he is member of shill organization, founded in 1943 to “fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine.” (Be very careful as many legitimate organizations have very similar names). On the AAPS it has a category for the public to join. And their journal isn’t even indexed in the standard medical databases.

    Lie upon lie upon lie upon lie………

    • Eg Kbbs

      I misstated one thing. Paul Braun isn’t an OB/GYN. According to his bio on his web page he is general practice.

  • BigMikeATL

    I live in this scumbag’s district. During the most recent Senate election, his ads and yard signs had the phrase “Save America. Repeal Obamacare” and used his “expertise” as a physician to make it look like he’s some kind of expert on the healthcare law. However, to this day he hasn’t said why HE think’s it’s bad — he just repeats the same right-wing talking points ad nauseum.

    Luckily, the more he talked, the lower he polled. Come election day, he was irrelevant. Sadly, he still represents my district and will probably be re-elected to the House because the sheep in this state won’t vote for anyone that doesn’t have an “R” next to their name and foam at the mouth.

  • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

    is it me; or— does this clown LOOK like a perfect fit within the white trash tea party regressive religious scumbag society?

  • 10acres

    This so called man is a mindless ass.