Both Mexico and Belize, nations dependent in many ways on America’s tourism and American business, shut their ports to a cruise ship holding a possible Ebola carrier. That possible carrier, a Dallas health care worker who handled lab specimens from the Liberian man who died from Ebola last week, has voluntarily quarantined herself in her room despite not showing any symptoms of the disease. Despite this assurance of the potential Ebola carrier that she has no symptoms (just as Thomas Eric Duncan had lied about contact with an Ebola victim when he lied to Liberian officials in order to come to America), both the governments of Mexico and Belize refused entry by anyone shipboard of that cruise liner.
On one hand, I applaud both Mexico and Belize for defending their populations from a deadly and virulent disease. However, this applause comes with some tempering, considering that:
- Both Mexico and Belize are areas from which Enterovirus D-68 originates
- Mexico coaches its citizens who illegally enter the U.S. on how to play the system
- Recent accounts made by the World Bank estimate that $23 Billion was sent from America to Mexico by illegal immigrants
- Bureau of Labor Statistics figures quoted by NumbersUSA show illegal immigration from these nations have impacted American families
Therefore, although the actions of Mexico and Belize may be self-protective, these actions are also quite hypocritical in that they expect Americans to endure the sicknesses and problems their citizens bring, but close the door on Americans.
On the other hand, Obama still refuses to close the borders or restrict flights into America despite:
- The invasion of America’s shores by 825 cases of Enterovirus D-68 in hospitals across 44 states
- A tripling of American Ebola cases (from 1 to 3) and a vast increase of cases in West Africa (estimated to soon be 1,000 per day)
- Calls from Senators across America to close the borders
- Calls for refusing flights from West Africa