The terrifying reality of the spread of diseases is that it spreads rabidly when unchecked immigration occurs. As unvaccinated illegal immigrants come in contact with each other and subsequently American citizens as they slip into the country undetected, dangerous diseases that were once eradicated from this country roar back to life putting children and elders at risk.
Earlier in the year, an outbreak of the measles hit Washington state. The contagious disease has been nearly eliminated from the U.S., and the sudden spike prompted officials to launch an investigation fearful that an epidemic could be at hand. What followed should put Americans across the country on high alert about unvaccinated migrants.
“There was a large group of kids that were exposed to a visitor from outside the country that developed measles, and then what quickly happened is all those kids who were unimmunized actually went to public places like Ikea and Costco and the Portland Trailblazers game, and they then spread it to anyone in the population that was unimmunized,” Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist reportedly said.
His assessment of the measles outbreak was that so-called “patient zero” was a foreign unvaccinated individual within the U.S. borders, based on the strain’s DNA markers and origins. He went on to reportedly state on the record that Department of Health officials had a good idea about the identity of patient zero.
“This is consistent with testing from the first known case, (a child) from this outbreak,” a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health reportedly confirmed. “Importation of the virus is the common way it shows up in the U.S. We’ve had very successful vaccination to rid the US from the virus, but in some areas of the world there are still frequent outbreaks due to low vaccination coverage.”
Over the last 12 months, officials at the U.S.-Mexico border continue to identify immigrants who have not been vaccinated for infectious diseases. According to reports by the Center for Disease Control, migrant detention centers across 19 states have seen a surge in dangerous mumps and measles outbreaks, among others.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, U.S. Border Patrol officials “incurred more than $700,000 in medical care costs to cover 1,700 aliens who were apprehended and who had to be transported to the hospital,” in the Yuma sector alone in 2018.
And, “Other aliens show up sick, particularly children, some of whom are suffering from illnesses not generally seen in modern American society, including mumps, measles, and tuberculosis, as well as others with influenza, scabies, and other skin diseases.”
Nearly 900 cases of the highly contagious mumps disease have been confirmed in 57 detention centers. The average age of the infected persons was 24 years old, and 94 percent were reportedly males.
Severe cases of the mumps can result in permanent deafness, swelling of the brain, and prove fatal. Until recent changes by the Trump Administration, the vast majority of migrants were set loose into the population under the catch-and-release Obama-era policy.
“Most illnesses are spread by contact with infected people, livestock or agricultural produce,” a Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) research report states. “As a result, researchers have concluded that the international movement of people is a significant factor in disease outbreaks. Mobile populations can link zones of disease emergence to low prevalence or non-endemic areas through rapid or high-volume international movements, or both.”
The CDC has reported that, like the mumps outbreaks, measles has also been on the rise. Outbreaks hit their highest levels this year. In March and April alone, there were 303 and 341 cases, respectively. Since Trump’s new immigration policies went into effect, those numbers have plummeted to 24 as recently as last month.
The CDC reports that 1 in every 5 unvaccinated people who contracts measles will require hospitalization. And, the agency states that 1 in every 20 young children see the disease escalate into complications such as pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death from the contagion. The most vulnerable group are children under the age of five years old.
CDC officials have confirmed that unvaccinated and infected illegal immigrants are responsible for spreading diseases to others in detention centers and, when released into the U.S., infect American citizens.