What ‘baggage’ are illegal immigrants bringing with them?

Illegal immigrant children at an Air Force base in Texas. (Breitbart photo)

Three people died of tuberculosis at a Las Vegas hospital recently and 20 hospital staffers were exposed to the disease.

Fourteen students were diagnosed with TB at a Las Vegas high school this year and several more at another high school this past year.

Why the sudden outbreak?

A number of those in the latest wave of illegal immigrants — many of them children — are bringing the once rare disease and others with them. But health and immigration officials are trying to hush it up, according to Fox News and other news media. Nurses and doctors have been threatened with arrest if they tell the public about the horrid conditions and rampant diseases inside a shelter for illegal immigrant children at a San Antonio Air Force Base.

One nurse said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat.

According to one newspaper account, illegals being released by U.S. Border Patrol — told to show up months later for an immigration hearing that few of them bother to attend — have not not been screened  for vaccinations or tuberculosis or other diseases while in federal custody.

The fear of an epidemic was one of the reasons citizens in Murrieta, Calif., blocked bus loads of illegals from being taken to a detention center there.

“Jeff Stone, the chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, told the audience that he was concerned about communicable diseases that the migrants could be carrying, such as whooping cough, swine flu or tuberculosis,” The New York Times reported. “Mr. Beeson said four children had been sent to local hospitals this week, two with a fever and two with scabies.” The Times did not indicate whether the children were recent immigrants or local children.

Confrontation in Murrieta, Calif. (NYT photo)



30 comments on “What ‘baggage’ are illegal immigrants bringing with them?

  1. Winston Smith says:

    Illegal immigration: Hegelian Dialectic crisis creation at its most basic level.

  2. Winston Smith says:

    Speaking of crisis creation and divide-and-conquer:


  3. Rincon says:

    According o the CDC, TB cases are at an all time low. http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/statistics/TBTrends.htm

    There may be some cases from immigrants, but they apparently are doing less damage than that sustained in the past.

  4. Athos says:

    What a cheerful scenario, Rinny. (less damage than before?)

    I’m with Laura Ingraham. Start deporting by the thousands (keeping the family whole). End all welfare to any household with an illegal, e-verify work with heavy penalties, and stop anchor babies.

    We’re SUPPOSED to be a sovereign nation, for crying out loud!

  5. Rincon says:

    I agree about deporting them and securing our borders. I just don’t like scaremongering.

  6. Winston Smith says:

    No border security = no border = no nation

    And that makes Obama feel just fine…

  7. Rincon says:

    As a Senator, Obama voted for HR 6061, which funded more double fencing for the border and more border patrols. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00262

    The Obama administration also has a larger border patrol than any other administration in history. http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2013/jul/01/debbie-wasserman-schultz/more-border-security-and-patrols-under-obama-previ/

    What does it take? Do want him to start patrolling personally?

  8. Steve says:

    And yet, with all that additional staff this administration STILL got caught with its pants down on this invasion of children….hmmm appearances vs results.

    What are we supposed to trust? The administration? or our lying eyes?

  9. Athos says:

    Amen, Steve. I’ve noticed that the BUDGETS are always bigger, but the results are worse. But there’s “Not even a SMIDGEN of corruption”, is there?

  10. Rincon says:

    One small problem. While the number of apprehended unaccompanied children from Mexico hasn’t changed greatly since 2009, the numbers from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have exploded. If an Obama policy from 2012 was the major cause of this problem, there should have been far larger numbers of Mexican children. Can anyone explain why that is not so? If true, this evidence excludes the stated hypothesis. http://www.factcheck.org/2014/06/misassigning-blame-for-immigration-crisis/

  11. Steve says:

    Nah, Rincon. No Obama policy placed in effect was the cause of this….it was total LACK of attention on the part of this pants-less administration which allowed this political nightmare to reach the stage of actual citizen protest…blocking those buses entering Murietta was a spark akin to those BLM “first amendment areas” that worked so well keeping the public from getting all “uppity”…Obama screwed the pooch on this one.

  12. Athos says:

    One question that I have, has not been addressed (to the best of my knowledge):

    How did 50,000 KIDS get from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, thru Mexico, to our border?

    The Hogwarts’ Train?

  13. Rincon says:

    A lack of attention by Obama left the Mexican numbers static, but the Honduran, Guatemalan, and El Salvadoran numbers increased? Unlikely. Perhaps social or political unrest and danger in the three countries? A much more rational explanation.

    The 50,000 kids were transported by good old fashioned capitalism. Their parents, concerned about the safety of their children, paid coyotes to transport them across the border.

  14. Steve says:

    “Perhaps social or political unrest and danger in the three countries?”

    Which goes completely un-noticed by this administration? C’Mon!

  15. Rincon says:

    NPR has a reasonable answer, if you believe those commies.
    “Why are Central American children treated differently than Mexican children attempting to cross the border illegally?

    U.S. policy allows Mexican child migrants to be sent back quickly across the border. However, under a 2008 law meant to combat child trafficking, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, children from Central America must be given a court hearing before they are deported (or allowed to stay). Given the huge backlog of cases, they may have to wait years for a hearing.

    “Because of a backlog, which is growing greatly with the recent influx, in essence a kid released tomorrow could stay in the U.S. for up to three years waiting for that date,” explains NPR’s Carrie Kahn. “And for most of these kids, that’s three years with a long-lost relative or three years away from extreme poverty and violence.”

    In the meantime, as many as 90 percent of the children stay with relatives or family friends already living in the U.S., with the rest placed in foster care, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

    President Obama recently asked Congress to amend the 2008 law to make it easier to repatriate Central American children more quickly.” http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/329848538/whats-causing-the-latest-immigration-crisis-a-brief-explainer
    The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was signed by none other than George W. Bush.

  16. Athos says:

    Actually, Rin, that doesn’t answer my question (although it did give you another chance to use the Pinocchio standard refrain “Bush did it!”;)

    Mexico has some of the toughest immigration laws out there. How did all those kids come all the way thru Mexico to get to Texas???

  17. Steve says:

    Athos has hit a nail,,,twice.

    So it was a feel good law signed by Bush. Thing is the administration wasn’t watching what is happening on the border…even as they claim to have the strictest deportation policy since sliced bread. Up to now they have had the numbers on their side…yet they dropped the ball on this influx.

    They dropped the ball…stopped looking. This administration has not properly administered that Bush signed law, leading to the situation that is now causing the White House a whole bunch of well deserved headaches.

    And for the second nail hit…how’d all those peeps get through Mexico? Maybe the answer is Mexican smugglers assisted in the migration…once again showing how this administration has not really been watching the southern border.

    BTW it was good to see Rick Perry on the tarmac to welcome the President to Texas…conservatives do not play the “ignore them” game.

  18. Rincon says:

    Only the detained children are counted as a problem in this situation. Those not caught are not counted. Sounds like Obama would have done better by hiring some lazy misfits to just look the other way. So rather than praising Obama’s people for catching so many, you castigate him because there were so many to catch – even though the cause of that cannot realistically be pinned on Obama.

    I’m also glad to hear that Perry greeted Obama with respect. Taking the high road is almost always better.

  19. […] addition to carrying debilitating and deadly diseases, those unaccompanied alien “children” being detained temporarily on our Southern […]

  20. Athos says:

    Rinny, are you purposely missing the point here? June 2012 Pinocchio gave amnesty to illegal children in the USA. What sort of message would that send to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador?

    And who organized all those kids to board transportation, traveling over a thousand miles, over Mexican borders, to reach Texas?? I have trouble putting one kid on a plane to fly across the US to visit her Aunt! We’re talking about 50,000 kids from 3 other countries!

    Who put that together, Rinny? Capitalist Adam Smith?

  21. Athos says:

    And unlike the scum in the Commie party (DEM), our leaders know how to behave civilly. Sometimes I wish they WOULD get down and dirty! (In reference to Perry’s greeting)

  22. Rincon says:

    Simple stuff, Athos. “Since most of the money Pinocchio” is requesting is supposed to be used to reduce the backlog in the courts, it seems unlikely that there was an amnesty. Who needs a court for amnesty? However, since the 2008 law I referred to created a judicial need that didn’t exist previously, isn’t it just possible that the law is to blame for part of the backlog?

    You think it’s difficult to transport a bunch of kids across Mexico? It’s called a truck. You can fit a whole bunch of kids into each one.

    The so-called Commies generally don’t call their opponents “scum”.

  23. Athos says:

    So you’re blaming 50000 kids showing up at our border last month, on a court backlog? The hope to get into the USA and receive the same Pinocchio promise of amnesty given in 2012 has nothing to do with it?

    You think it’s difficult to transport a bunch of kids across Mexico? It’s called a truck. You can fit a whole bunch of kids into each one.

    To transport that many kids, it must have been a really big truck, or a very large convoy.

  24. dave72 says:

    All this talk of diseased children must be true. After all, it was on Fox News, the No. 1 source of news among the brain dead and inexplicably gullible. If the border is so porous, how were all these young people taken in custody? Did they give themselves up? I guess I should do what many of these commenters do, turn to WorldNetDaily for reliable news and the latest conspiracies.

  25. Steve says:

    Ah, Dave…good thing you are willing to at least read the other side of view….so sad your own blog gets little if any attention.

    See what I did there?

    Good for the goose…

  26. Rincon says:

    If “Pinocchio’s” promise of amnesty was the cause, then the number of Mexican children should have increased just as dramatically as the other 3 countries. That was not the case, so the evidence is contrary to the theory. The 2008 “Bush law” specifically excluded Mexican children. That postulated cause fits the facts quite well.

  27. Steve says:

    “the number of Mexican children should have increased just as dramatically”

    Ahh, no.

    The fact that Mexico was specifically excluded from delayed deportations means they wouldn’t bother trying in the first place…it’s extremely easy to flood the border with their own people right on back at them….THAT would have been a nasty situation for both Mexico and the USA.

    Any Mexican national can be instantly deported…the rest of Central and South America get hearings. This alone was an impetus to send people across the border. It’s well known the US justice system is in no way “swift” anymore.

  28. Athos says:

    dave72 has a blog?

  29. Athos says:

    Rinny, you don’t really want to be considered gullible and naive, do you?

    Same comment for you dave72.

    Why don’t you both read Charles Krauthammer’s latest editorial before you continue embarrassing yourselves.

  30. Rincon says:

    I agree Steve. Since the 2008 law made it easier to deport Mexicans than the others, Mexican illegals didn’t increase, but the others did.

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