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Saturday, 18 October 2014

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While the United States prevents members of Al Qaeda, Taliban, ISIL, Boko Haram and Khorasan, as well as British cooking goddess Nigella Lawson, from entering the country, why can't travelers from Ebola stricken nations in West Africa - Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea - be prevented or ban from entering the country?

The answer from many including President Obama and Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN was: Oh, they'll just sneak in instead and they'll be harder to track.

The answer sounded wishy-washy, but the question remained: Should the US just open the gates?

The second reply again echoed wishy-washy: They can go to Belgium, then France, up to Scotland and fly to the United States and say they're traveling to the US from germ-free Scotland.

Beyond wishy-washy, this comes straight out and suggests that the people who staff the border patrol and immigration are morons.

Isn't this exactly why there is something called a Passport that must be renewed every ten years? Turn the pages and check the stamps? It can be tracked and people at immigration control are astute at asking questions, turning Passport pages - very slowly - and figuring out point of departure or asking, "What date did you begin travel and from which country?"

Also, haven't the President or Dr. Sanjay Gupta ever watched the National Geographic Channel series, Locked Up Abroad?

Historically, Homeland Security made it clear that there were strict regulations in place at the borders and that no one can 'sneak' in. Think of the wall between the United States and Mexico. That says "No".

US travelers leaving the country are x-rayed, must remove shoes, jackets, belts, left with hands clutching trousers, while racing across airports to make flights, but US immigration can't say "No" to travelers from three nations suffering from Ebola or Hemorrhagic Fever?

Texas Governor Oops finally came up with a smart answer: All people treating patients suffering from Ebola should be quarantined. In other words: Don't get on a plane and fly to Cleveland to pick out bridesmaids dresses for a wedding that's seven months away, or go on a Carnival Cruise.

It's a start.

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