Friday, October 3, 2014

Arkansas congressmen ask Obama to ban travel to US from Ebola-plagued countries

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

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Arkansas Reps. Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick Crawford wrote President Obama today to urge him to "implement travel restrictions, up to and including a ban on flights from the affected countries."

The president may be pondering that very thing, though it's hard to see how you'd get suffering Americans back home if flights were banned. But maybe that's the point. The congressmen also say yes, it's important to treat the virus in this country but warn that workers at the CDC are "subject to human error." Are they riding the Rapert bus, saying we shouldn't take care of the sick?

The congressmen also urged the president to "enforce immigration policies under current law to protect our borders and the American people from the threat posed by this virulent disease."

First it was Texas Gov. Rick Perry seeing Isis terrorists gathering at the border, and now it's folks with Ebola. Seems like that would kill two problems with one stone, wouldn't it?

They also urge the president to suspend the "thousands of nonimmigrant visas already issued to persons from African countries dealing with Ebola." It's unclear to me if they mean people from Liberia here in a visa should be sent back to the stricken country. 


Here's the letter. You decide. 

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