Ebola And Border Security

Sound imagining can and does solve problems.

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The cure for the ebola virus is not likely to be found in your local health store.
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There are some "opportunities" America shouldn't be offering the next illegal immigrant. | Source

America's porous border can't keep the ebola virus out.

Imagine that you have been exposed to the dangerous ebola virus and know that America is the only place in the world where an experimental drug seems to offer hope of a life saving cure.

Imagine also that you can afford to travel to America, but you are afraid you might be refused entry.

One obvious choice you have is to enter the United States illegally. After all, thousands of children and adults seem to have taken extreme risks in fear of death where they came from. Why not take the risks yourself. You have the 21 days it takes the virus to manifest itself, and it's too late to be sure you can enter the U. S. legally before the twenty-first day.

Besides that, you are a terrorist and, even if you die, your death by spreading the ebola virus might serve to punish America for what you have dedicated your life to fight against.

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In asking you the reader to imagine two or three factors which could bring the ebola virus unnoticed to the United States, little imagination was actually required.

Where imagination is required is in the states affected daily by illegal immigration, and in an America which has declared war on international terrorism.

The state and federal governments have, so far, not been able to secure America's borders. Now we face a new threat from a highly contagious virus for which we presently have no known cure, only an experimental drug in extremely limited supply and which has only been used (again experimentally) on two American medical professionals who, despite their best efforts, contracted ebola infections.

It is the primary job of the state and federal governments to protect the American people, even at a time of budget constraints and seeming apathy about really solving the border crisis..

Perhaps this danger can bring the added pressure necessary to see that the job gets done. After all, the lives they save might be their own!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Challenging and serious. This is indeed a new threat that merits utmost security. Thanks for underscoring that.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was scary but could happen. We are certainly living in times of danger from many fronts, including the ebola virus. hopefully the CDC is working overtime to find a cure. Voted up and interesting. Thank you..


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

always exploring - If you listen to today's (8/11/14) NPR Diane Rehm Show's section on what the CDC is doing (you can find it by a web search for today's date and that segment of the program....about the middle half) you will see that the few chemical cocktails the small firm that is running the animal trials and developing the drug and possible vaccine, is some long ways off from having any supply at all for use by humans, even if clearances were sped up. It's a risky period for the very fact that the U. S. is very vulnerable to such a suicide terrorist.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Excellent notion to write about and well written. It is worrisome.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

I’m glad you are bringing this to our attention. Do you remember, or remember reading about, the small children in Vietnam who approached soldiers with explosives wired to their little bodies. After a number of soldiers lost their lives from being blown up by children begging for candy, soldiers were instructed by their superiors to first tell an approaching child to stop and not approach, and if they did not stop, to shoot them. What if terrorists purposefully infect children with ebola and send them across our border? With our tender hearts for children, even illegals, we are sitting ducks.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

You have brought up some excellent and very valid points. This as germ warfare could do a number on people here...


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Don't just worry, speak, write, and pressure.

MizBejabbers - And with the way that they currently process the illegal children, they would be spread across the U.S. Good point of caution.

aviannovice - A "number" on US people here.

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