The Viral and Deadly Diseases of Illegal and Legal Immigration
We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.
Barack Obama, October 30, 2008
According to the latest Census, illegal immigration has exploded 57 percent in less than two years, with at least 550,000 new undocumented aliens pouring into America in a trend that is set to continue growing.
In an analysis of the numbers, the Center for Immigration Studies found illegal and legal immigration have reached over 1.5 million a year, a new 15 year high, and a 39 percent increase over 2013. Since 2014, 3.1 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) have settled in the United States.
According to Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies:
The latest Census Bureau data shows that the scale of new immigration is clearly enormous. The numbers raise profound questions about assimilation and the impact of immigration on the nation’s education system, infrastructure, and labor market, as well as the size and density of the U.S. population. It is difficult to find a public policy that has a more profound impact across American society than the level of immigration. It is certainly appropriate that immigration should be at the center of the current presidential election.
You don’t need to look farther than Nashville, TN to gain an understanding of the enormous consequences that this census data provides. According to the Tennessean, over 120 languages are spoken in the Nashville Metro school system alone. One third of the 85,000 student population does not speak English as their first language and of those students, half require special services. The majority of Nashville students learning English speak Spanish at home and Arabic speakers comprise the largest second group. Additional data shows the number of Metro students requiring special services to learn English has dramatically risen from 8,751 in the 2011-12 school year to 12,329 in 2015-16.
Yet, these numbers should not only raise profound questions about assimilation and the local, economic impacts of uncontrolled immigration, these numbers should raise profound questions on the impacts to our health and to our safety. There are deadly health risks associated with the bacterial, viral and fungal diseases that are prevalent in these refugee/immigrant populations–diseases that were once rare or eradicated in the US.
Tuberculosis Here, Tuberculosis There, Tuberculosis Everywhere
For the first time in nearly three decades, Tuberculosis cases have spiked in the US and TB has now surpassed AIDS as the leading cause of death world wide. According to the CDC, Tuberculosis, prevalent in only 4% of the US population, is making a deadly encore in states across the US. Over 50 percent of the active TB cases in the US are found in just four states that also have the highest number of foreign-born people – New York, Florida, California and Texas. However, in Minnesota, it’s reported that 22% of resettled refugees have tuberculosis and Indiana is also reporting a rise in TB cases across campuses and communities.
According to the Washington Post, “After two decades of declining incidence, progress toward TB elimination in the United States appears to have stalled,” the CDC report said. The causes are unclear and the data needs further evaluation if the reasons behind the trend are to be identified.
The report continues: Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia each had more cases in 2015 than 2014, raising questions — but no definitive answers — about a possible resurgence of one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
The overall increase was relatively small: 157 more cases, bringing the 2015 total to 9,563. Two-thirds of the total were among people born abroad, with Asians accounting for the most cases (3,007) and the highest rate (28.2 cases per 100,000 persons). By comparison, there were only .5 cases per 100,000 whites last year.
The causes are unclear? No definitive answers? Let’s look at another immigration chart that may provide the CDC some answers to this deadly and viral “mystery:”
Because TB hits some ethnic and racial groups harder than others, TB patients can face discrimination and social isolation. Public health officials worry about finding ways to target high-risk populations with TB education and treatment without stigmatizing those groups.
Or, in the words of a public health official by the name of Dr. Jeffrey Starke, a pediatric tuberculosis physician and member of the federal advisory council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis:
Given the stigmatization of TB, our ability to do targeted interactions is limited…we’ve got to find a non pejorative way to do it so others don’t perceive discrimination.
A non pejorative way? Let me get this straight. Due to political correctness, we must protect the feelings of illegal and legal immigrants before we protect our citizenry from a communicable, deadly disease?
It gets worse.
In 2014, the CDC warned its’ internal employees about the rapid rise in Tuberculosis and other diseases at the refugee and detention centers, but did NOT share this warning or related information with the general public.
Judicial Watch had to sue the CDC in order to force the truth into the information being shared with the public. According to records obtained by Judicial Watch, Alaric C. Denton of the CDC, sent out the an email to the agency in June, 2014, in order to prepare for a potential crisis. Denton writes,
We might as well plan on many of the kids having TB…Most of these kids are not immunized, so we need to make sure all our staff are immunized.
Tuberculosis for thee and not for me. Frightening. Who needs death panels when the CDC, charged with protecting the general public from disease, chooses to protect their own, through political correctness, instead of serving and protecting the public with the Truth?
The Costs of Treating Tuberculosis
Immigrants and refugees are screened for active TB and treated before entering the United States. However, tourists, students and temporary workers are not screened. The CDC does not recommend across-the-board screening for everyone entering the United States nor does the CDC test for latent Tuberculosis (LTBI). About 90% of people who get infected with TB develop a latent TB infection, which means the infecting bacteria are alive in the body, but inactive. People who have latent infections do not have TB symptoms and cannot spread the infection to others, but they are at risk of developing an active infection that is both symptomatic and contagious. About 3% to 5% of latent TB become active TB in the first year, and about 5-15% after that.
In Indiana, only 77 percent of the 1,885 refugees resettled in Indiana in 2015 completed post-arrival medical screenings. Among those screened, four cases of active TB were detected. There is no medical data on the other 23 percent of refugees who did not complete post-arrival medical screenings. Overall, 26 percent of these medically screened new arrivals, or 394 in total, tested positive for latent TB and who will have a 5-15% chance of contracting active tuberculosis.
The most serious and most difficult to treat form of TB, multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). Consistent with the rise in illegals and refugees, MDR-TB has increased from 25.3 percent among foreign-born individuals in 1993 to over 86% in 2012. This is a staggering impact on both costs for taxpayers and threat of disease outbreaks across the US. According to 2010 financials published by the CDC:
- TB, responsive to first line Rx: cost per patient: $17,000 over 6-9 months to treat.
- MDR-TB: cost per patient: $134,000, takes 20-26 months to treat.
- Extreme MDR-TB: cost per patient: $430,000, takes 32-36 months to treat.
Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet outlines the costs even further:
If we now add the dramatic rise in the “fast-tracking” of refugee resettlements across the United States, without local input or agreement on the burdens to communities until after refugees are already settled, we see a “perfect storm” being created:
- Dramatic rise in cost in dollars and labor to treat new infectious diseases
- Further explosion in the already staggering level of federal debt, plus dramatic rise in state and municipal debt to cover exploding medical costs.
- A crisis imposed on our medical system to care for the influx of infectious disease patients, at a time of hospitals closing and doctors going out of business due to the adverse impact of Obamacare. These new demands could lead to a collapse of our healthcare system that will jeopardize medical care for millions of Americans.
- An incalculable financial burden for business with lost productivity of employees due to illness
Without adequate medical testing that is a cornerstone of legal immigration screening, we cannot ensure the safety of the American people as the tsunami of illegal border crossers flood our borders and refugees from countries with widespread infectious diseases are resettled in communities across the US.
Barack Obama has built this perfect storm in order to fundamentally transform our country into a third world petri-dish, or in the words of Ann Coulter, a “third-world hell hole.” These new Democrats will be treated and cared for with the help of our tax dollars. As of yesterday, our tax dollars are also treating the first Zika baby, born to a Honduran mother in a NJ hospital, and an outbreak of measles this week at an Arizona immigrant detention center, may have affected a high school graduation, a church, a casino, and 14 other public areas.
At this time, a politically correct statement from the CDC regarding these foreign-born diseases has not been released, yet in their own public words, they have no idea as to the root cause of these viral and deadly outbreaks. But, in their own words, recovered in a lawsuit, they knew all along. But what do they care? They are immune to the diseases as they are immune to accountability under this corrupt administration.