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Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Immigration | 6 comments

Disease Ridden Children – Really?

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The Central American kids arriving in Texas are likely to be better-vaccinated than children in Texas.

With thousands of children from Central America arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, an old plague is once again sweeping the country—the fear of the diseased immigrant.

“Our schools cannot handle this influx, we don’t even know what all diseases they have,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)said recently. “Our health care systems can’t withstand this influx.”

Fox News commentator Cal Thomas asks, for example, if “the unaccompanied minors pouring over the border…have brought with them proof of vaccination?” Thomas accuses the border-crossers of harboring vaccine-preventable diseases such as “mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria.”

Before demonizing undocumented children, we should look at the facts: The vast majority of Central Americans are vaccinated against all these diseases. Governments concerned about health, and good parents investing in their kids, have made Central American kids better-vaccinated than Texan kids. We fear them not because they are actually sick, but because of powerful anti-immigration narratives that link foreigners to disease.

Consider, for example, Guatemala. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Guatemalan kids are more likely than Texans to be immunized for most infectious diseases. Guatemala has universal health care. Vaccines are 100 percent funded by the government.

By comparison, one in six kids in Texas is uninsured, and even insured families often must pay for vaccination. That means that many Texas kids fall behind on vaccinations, or miss them altogether when their family can’t afford a doctor’s visit. Other families refuse vaccination.

These children are refugees that are escaping violence that is the result of the failed war on drugs and decades of misguided US foreign policy.  The diseased ridden children is a straw man for anti-immigration and bigotry.  The current increase in diseases like measles, chicken pocks and mumps is not a result of immigration but foolish American parents who refuse vaccinations.

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  • ShannonLeee

    Not shocking considering the source. We should assume that anything that comes out of a House member’s mouth is pure ignorance or insanity. It would be nice if we could just function with the Senate. Move the House to the Artic.

  • dduck

    I’m glad to hear that many are already vaccinated, cause I haven’t heard what’s going to happen on this side of the border.

  • sheknows

    The fact that escapes these cretins is that the only ones in danger, would be the children themselves. We are already immune to whatever they may carry.
    “Our schools cannot handle this influx, we don’t even know what all diseases they have,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)said recently” Yes, “what all”, may consist of some new, undiscovered Andromeda Strain illness only these children have.

    Worrying about an overburdening of the healthcare system and ER.s didn’t seem to be a central concern when barring Medicaid expansion in their red states.

  • jdledell

    “We are already immune to whatever they may carry.”

    “Worrying about an overburdening of the healthcare system and ER.s didn’t seem to be a central concern when barring Medicaid expansion in their red states.”

    sheknows – 100% correct on both counts.

  • dduck

    Question: It is about 1000 miles from crime ridden Honduras through all of Mexico to the U.S border and about 300 miles to Costa Rica. These places are relatively nice, why come all the way up here if you are in imminent danger from drug lords.
    MY reason is that Mexico just funnels them up here via paid off border guards AND on this side of the border is UNCLE SAP.
    Sure most of us are for taking care of the kids once they get here, but the game is rigged in favor of Mexico and has no rules for telling these CA countries to try and stop the flood.

  • rudi

    Don’t forget Jenny McCarthy and the loony Left, they also don’t vaccinate their kids.
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/11-things-that-jenny-mccarthy-has-said-about-vaccines

    11. “Moms and pregnant women are coming up to me on the street going, ‘I don’t know what to do’… And I don’t know what to tell them, because I am surely not going to tell anyone to vaccinate. But if I had another child, there’s no way in hell.”

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