Posted: 1:49 pm Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Phil Gingrey: Border kids could spark epidemics in U.S. 

By Jim Galloway

In this June 19 photo, Central American migrants emerge from side streets to crowd onto the tracks, as a northbound freight train arrives in the station in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended crossing the U.S. Mexico border since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and most say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty. AP/Rebecca Blackwell

In this June 19 photo, Central American migrants emerge from side streets to crowd onto the tracks, as a northbound freight train arrives in the station in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended crossing the U.S. Mexico border since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and most say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty. AP/Rebecca Blackwell

In a letter to Thomas Frieden, director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, expressed his fear this week that the undocumented children the U.S. is absorbing at its border could trigger an epidemic.

Now, he doesn’t actually use the word “epidemic.” He just speaks of diseases that “spread too rapidly to control.” Which we think meets the definition.

Read the letter in its entirety here. The gist:

As a physician for over 30 years, I am well aware of the dangers infectious diseases pose. In fact, infection diseases remain in the top 10 causes of death in the United States. However, the United States has been successful in mitigating or eradicating many diseases, and others are not indigenous to this country.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, who lost a bid in May for the U.S. Senate. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, who lost a bid in May for the U.S. Senate. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

As such, reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning. Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles. This makes those Americans that are not vaccinated – and especially young children and the elderly – particularly susceptible.

Reports have indicated that several border agents have contracted diseases through contact with the unaccompanied minors. As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control. In fact, as you undoubtedly know, some of these diseases have no known cure….

I request that the CDC take immediate action to assess the public risk posed by the influx of unaccompanied children and their subsequent transfer to different parts of the country. I strongly fell that the public should be notified of this risk….

Looks like this could be a boon for the rubber glove industry. Buy your stock now.

65 comments
JeremySmith
JeremySmith

Is this article about illegal immigrants from Central America? If so, how the H-E-double hockey sticks did ebola get shoehorned into the list of diseases found? I know of no cases of ebola outside of specific regions of Africa.

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

nothing compared to the epidemic of ignorance spread by the Teatards pandering to their low information audience.

taters
taters

This is already happening/  These kids are coming is with scabies and who knows what other diseases.  Border Patrol officers have become infected with the scabies and had to be treated.  these kids all need to be quarantined and then shipped back within 24 hours.  NO AMNESTY!

ATLJacket
ATLJacket

We have enough anti-vaccination parents already here that need addressing before these children from Central America. Our herd immunity is at risk because of morons. Gingry has never been a smart man, but I would expect more from a former practicing lady-parts doctor.

MoFaux
MoFaux

I am afraid the zombies are already among us...in the form of the tea party.  This threat originated within our own borders, not elsewhere.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Phil why not try to be such a BIG WUSS! If you could MAN UP for one time in yer Political Career and not think of your own stinkin Pockets and try to help someone. These are Children for God's sake!

You can really be a PANTY BOY when you want to cry like a little Girl. WAH! WAH! WAH!

When are you going Home? Soon, we hope!

Quandry
Quandry

Wow....

Phil G... and the republicans redrew the house map so he and many of his friends could get re-elected.

When the Democrats did it the Republicans sued....

Phil G...stop spreading the hate... are we not a nation of immigrants? 

Corey
Corey

Ever think we may have to run for the border someday? None of us knows what tomorrow may bring? We all know that nothing lasts forever. Did Jefferson, Washington, Madison and Franklin foresee the nation going to war against itself. People, now is forever. 

GA4LIFE
GA4LIFE

Rich white Republican men seem to think that they can scare Americans into supporting a course of action that would make it ok for them to not follow Christian values.   Shame on you Gingrey.

JamVet
JamVet

Border kids: Phil Gingrey is a disease...

BigHat
BigHat

Undocumented children eat boogers!

ChipJones
ChipJones

Good grief. The dumbing of Georgia is nearly complete.

ScottJacobs
ScottJacobs

All Georgia hangs its head when Congressman (R) Phil Gingrey speaks. Now, he says that the 60,000 immigrant children coming across our borders are diseased and could cause an epidemic in the United States. Here is a man whose core of nastiness cannot be suppressed. The innate generosity of Georgians, by contrast, leads us to treat these children gently, with compassion, until a suitable and caring place can be found for them in their countries of origin.

emtheaded1
emtheaded1

Phil Gingrey would also like to see immediate implementation of The Purge.

bngbop247
bngbop247

Just a mean spirited racist.

Cinesias
Cinesias

Be afraid.


Be very afraid.


Vote Republican.

jcatl
jcatl

Phil Gingrey brings the disease of stupidity to the masses.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

If our government was doing it's job, we would not have to worry about this.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

The GOP non-fact based fear machine is ramping up right on schedule.

LDH2O
LDH2O

As such, reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus..."  I cannot find a SINGLE case of Ebola in Central America yet he is giving credence to reports that migrants carry it? AND he's a MD??? This shows a lack of intellectual integrity on his part.

honested
honested

Makes you glad that a nutcase like gingrey has to go back to work in the private sector doesn't it.

marg0214
marg0214

Solution for Georgia: Approve the Medicaid expansion so that the epidemic doesn't happen here. Oh, wait! That would then protect the poor of Georgia, and we can't have that, now, can we??!!! ( Sarcasm intentional! )

Biff_Kabob
Biff_Kabob

True, they could bring epidemics to the US.  But closing rural hospitals means those epidemics will not be noticed as quickly.

ThomasAquinas
ThomasAquinas

The US should put a program in place to sterilize and deport anti-vacciners like Jenny McCarthy.

BrennanMancil
BrennanMancil

Ebola? Really? An Ebola carrier wouldn't have the time to cross hundreds of miles through the beating hot sun to cross our border.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador"


Along with Mexico, we can have the 51st, 52nd, 53rd, and 54th state of the United States.  It's the best way to keep them from crossing the California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas borders. 



RoadScholar
RoadScholar

" I am well aware of the dangers infectious diseases pose."

Like what the cons are trying to sell the American people ?

WWTJD
WWTJD

@GaBlue,


Amen.

MANGLER
MANGLER

Because the millions of visitors from Europe and Asia never bring germs with them.

Chris30338
Chris30338


Seriously??? Ebola and Dengue Fever are African diseases and have not been found outside of Africa. Swine Flue??? That already came through 4-5 years ago. This is fear mongering at it's most base level. I'm surprised he didn't mention the Bubonic Plague for good measure. As a "Physician"??? Laughable since he lost his medical license and hasn't practiced medicine in years. He was a lousy physician when he was licensed who was constantly sued by his patients for being a total screw-up. 


Says a lot about the voters of Marietta, GA that they kept reelecting this PROVEN Bozo to Congress.

JackClemens
JackClemens

I'd be shocked if such screening is not procedure already, but by all means, whip up the faithful and encourage their fears.

J-meclare
J-meclare

@JeremySmith I live in Texas 100 miles from the border and I have seen this situation first hand.  Border Patrol currently is catching a HUGE number of OTMs (other than Mexicans). Many of them originate in places where Ebola is either an existing threat or an emerging threat based on proximity to the region in Africa where it is rampant. The busiest points of entry for illegals are border cities in Texas such as Laredo, Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen, which have a combined population in excess of one million people. Beyond that, once the ICE catches these people, they are being flown to whatever city they want, which likely includes your own. People should be careful what they wish for. Edit (in 5 minutes)

Moonflwr671
Moonflwr671

@juliainatlanta And how exactly is that happening?  Perhaps you misunderstand the information you are being spoon fed by your libtard friends.  Really sick of the insult slinging by the left. I am as well informed as anyone, and I can think and reason for myself.  Perhaps you should try it. It's really not that hard. 

Andy123
Andy123

@Bernie31 

Careful what you wish for Bernie because these brown kids are going to be taking unskilled uneducated black jobs by the millions in a decade and that's before these brown kids start breeding like blacks do and have kids of their own. 

Andy123
Andy123

@GA4LIFE 

If you think rich Democrats give two craps about you or these illegal kids, I have a bridge for sale.  

HCCynic
HCCynic

Correct; the borders should be secure and defended by any and all measures required.

If that candy a$$ traitor in the WH will not allow the military to do the job, the citizens must, and I was proud of my fellow citizens who stopped that bus in California.

Unfortunately, they did not make an example of the invaders, but turning it around was a okay first step

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@honested 

Not if he is going back to the practice of medicine.

I wonder which medical supply house he plans to use to refresh his stock of leeches, catgut and saltpeter?

HCCynic
HCCynic

Here's another solution, if you do not like the Medicaid program as it is, feel free to move to a state that has a program more to your liking.

It's a free country (on paper) and you are free to move about it as you see fit.

J-meclare
J-meclare

@BrennanMancil I live in Texas 100 miles from the border. Your supposition is incorrect because the busiest points of entry are border cities in Texas such as Laredo, Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen, which have a combined population in excess of one million people. Beyond that, once the ICE catches these people, they are being flown to whatever city they want, which likely includes your own. People should be careful what they wish for. 

Chris30338
Chris30338

@MANGLER Very true. And these are LEGAL visitors.

rustplane
rustplane

@Chris30338 Dengue is a tropical disease and prevalent in the Americas, including some cases in the USA.

JackClemens
JackClemens

Thanks DS. Didn't see your post before making my own comment.