Open Borders Policy Leading to an Infectious Disease Crisis in the West

The ongoing humanitarian crisis stoked by ongoing wars across the Middle East is leading to a significant number of second-order consequences, where the intense conduct of war and planned forced migration are resulting in societal disaster. These indirect, negative outcomes were brilliantly profiled in a 1969 American Academy of Arts & Sciences treatise written by Professor Raymond Bauer and team who warned about these often unwanted but “acceptable outcomes.” The reality of the crisis is chilling in humanitarian, health and civil society disruption aspects. Professor Catherine Lutz from the Watson Institute’s “Cost of War” Project at Brown University places the cost at a staggering $13 trillion!

The United Nations High Commission on Refugees reports there are an estimated 21.3 million refugees worldwide as a subset of over 61 milllion forceably displaced persons. An investigation of the National Institutes of Health MEDLINE database yields almost 2400 scholarly articles about “refugee diseases.” Communities worldwide are being torn up by the burdens placed on them from a surge of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Afghanistan which correspond not surprisingly to active prosecuted “humanitarian” wars justified by the “responsibility to protect (R2P)” policy at the U.S. State Department and United Nations. As a result, the European Union now suffers from almost a thousand ‘no-go’ areas because of migrants, forcing (for one example) Germans to flee their own country. Data from the German statistics agency, Destatis, shows that 138,000 Germans left Germany in 2015, and the Gatestone Institute details a virtual flight of an estimated quarter million fleeing this year from Chancellor Merkel’s imposition of one million refugees this year alone.

In the U.S., not surprisingly, the refugee crisis was turned into a big business by the Obama Administration in prostitution of many religious institutions, systemic threats to public health, violation of state and local community governance rights, subordination of citizen rights by outside agitators, and ALL at taxpayer expense. Breitbart reports that, “in FY 2015, the State Department, through the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, spent more than $1 billion on these programs, which settled international refugees “vetted” by the United Nations High Commission on International Refugees. Much of this $1 billion in annual revenue goes to voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), several of which are Christian non-profits, such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, World Relief Corporation, Church World Service, and Domestic and Foreign Missionary Service of the Episcopal Church of the USA. (also referred to as Episcopal Migration Ministries), who are (now U.S. Government contractors).” After four months, these VOLAGs are not required to provide even refugee location data to immigration authorities.  Pricenomics counts over 700,000 refugees brought into the U.S. during the Obama Administrations plus another 100,000 surge in the each of the last two years. Professor Lawrence Brown of Ohio State University also details how these populations do not integrate but cluster due to “secondary migration” and encourage illegal immigration by family not counted in the official State Department statistics.

Resources exceeding $5 trillion have been spent on Middle East wars during the last seven years and the Obama Administration now focuses less on job creation for its own citizens than providing a broad range of public services to refugees in a summer 2016 “Call to Action” and a subsequent “Partnership for Refugees” run by, you guessed it, the State Department to promote “education, employment and enablement”. What about these for U.S. citizens???

And, more worrisome than ethnic disengagement, non-assimilation into communities, and violation of U.S. immigration laws (as also documented in Germany), are two immediate second order consequences. The stated loyalties of some refugees to ISIS pose national security risks and many of them impose public health burdens and systemic health risks on the legal U.S. citizen population. In the largest public opinion survey in Arab lands conducted in November 2015, the Doha Institute found one third of Syrian refugees were sympathetic to the terrorist group, ISIS.


Picture Credit: Leishmanaisis Life Cycle

The most important American refugee “policy” failure lies in long term systemic health risks to citizens from reintroducing diseases that had been eradicated in the West decades earlier – many are now drug resistant. The travesty stems, in part, from the failure of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, tasked with five critical missions, to follow the advice of its internal experts who have warned repeatedly of the threat to the U.S. population from infectious diseases being transmitted by refugees entering the country. Unlike legal immigrants who comply with the official process, these “war-torn” refugees (NOT just from Syria but many from Africa and almost all muslim) are not screened nor quarantined!

CDC touts, “As a world leader in health promotion and disease prevention, CDC works with immigrant, refugee, and migrant groups to improve their health by:

  • providing guidelines for disease screening and treatment in the United States and overseas
  • tracking and reporting disease in these populations
  • responding to disease outbreaks in the United States and overseas
  • advising U.S. partners on health care for refugee groups
  • educating and communicating with immigrant and refugee groups and partners.”

More than a dozen new diseases have been reintroduced into the U.S. and the West overall from the refugee crisis, many now amplified by multi-drug resistance (MDR):

1) flesh eating Leishmaniasis, 2) Tuberculosis, 3) Measles (MMR), 4) Whooping Cough, 5) HIV/ AIDS, 6) Scarlet Fever, 7) Polio, 8) Hepatitis, 9) Bubonic Plague, 10) multi-drug resistant organisms, 11) foot & mouth disease, 12) Diptheria, and 13) Brucellosis.

As an illustration of clear mission failure, a team from the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine detailed in the authoritative BMC Public Health in December 2015 that failures of screening and treatment of refugees for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) leads to extensive public health system costs and secondary infections. Moreover, Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has consistently criticized the CDC for allowing refugees to enter the United States without screening and treatment for latent tuberculosis. “If for humanitarian reasons we wish to help people fleeing persecution, there is still no need to release them into the general population of susceptible individuals. Officials who place politics above the health of Americans need to be held accountable and removed from positions of authority,” Orient says. Some public health officials blame “prejudice” on the reaction to these disease infiltrations and demand more resources from the healthy population but others deliver the data.


Picture Credit: United Nations “New Urban Agenda”

In this election, one candidate calls for enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, screening and quarantine of refugees, expulsion of illegal aliens with criminal records, and State Department enforcement of existing treaties that legally require deportation of criminals to their home countries. The other calls for a dramatic six-fold escalation of the flood of illegal aliens with full benefits and other political inducements granting citizenship rights without any proof of language functionality, national loyalty or adequate documentation or origin- while admitting the threat of allowing jihadis into the U.S.! After reviewing Clinton’s “Breaking Every Barrier Agenda” plan on her website, the Center for Immigration Studies’s Steve Camarota projected that her plan will add 10 million new immigrants to the U.S. during her first term alone — in addition to the 11 million illegal immigrants to whom Clinton said she plans to grant amnesty within her first 100 days in office. This “plan” aligns with the United Nations “New Urban Agenda” plan that mandates unlimited migration across national borders.

Even the FBI and Department of Homeland Security admit that the refugee “vetting” process in flawed and inadequate. Why should American citizens sit back and consent to economic warfare from within? Late last year, even CNN reported that two thirds of U.S. states did not want refugees but the Obama administration ignores the will of its citizens.

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