Since everyone in the government wants to share a virus with their fellow citizens, I decided to share this with you.
Are you, like many others wondering how Thomas Eric Duncan was able to enter the U.S. while suffering from Ebola? Well, it turns out he asked for a visa and received one in August.
In fact, the Dept of Homeland Security is proudly advertising its “Ebola Outbreak-related immigration relief meassures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone currently in the U.S.
If you go to the website U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services you’ll find on their site the following. Release Date: Aug. 15, 2014 Immigration relief measures that may be available if requested include:
Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the U.S even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired:
Extension of certain grants of parole made you USCIS
Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship
Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives (currently in the U.S. of U.S. citizens
Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate and
Consideration for waiver of fees associated with USCIS benefit applications.
Now I know what you’re saying. Billie, it’s only fair. These folks shouldn’t be forced out of the country if it means going home to a possible death warrant. And you’re right. I agree whole heartedly. What worries me is there is no cut off date. In other words if I make it to the U.S. today, then I presumably still qualify. It’s like giving them a reason to come. That’s all I’m worried about with this.
While everything seems to be going to hell in a hand-basket, (wish I’d invested in hand baskets when they’re stock was first offered,) anyway, the CDC continues to claim the protocols are in place and they’re ready. What you need to understand is that Ebola takes them away from their real mission which is to build bike lanes, get rid of guns, tell you what to eat, and harass anyone who builds a playground.
According to an article by Gov. Jindal, over the past five years, the CDC received just under $3 billion in transfers from the fund to fight contagious diseases. Yet only 6% $180 million of that 3 billion went toward building epidemiology and laboratory capacity.
Protecting Americans got $180 million while community transformation got $517.3 million. Did you think detecting and fighting infectious diseases was still their business? If so you must still think NASA is about going into space.
What is community transformation you might be asking? Well, according to their website it’s “increasing access to healthy foods by supporting local farmers and developing neighborhood grocery stores” or “promoting improvements in sidewalks and street lighting to make it safe and easy for people to walk and ride bikes.”
Yesterday, the Washington Post had a great piece out about why the CDC can’t do their job It seems they’re busy trying to pass universal helmet laws. They also have a yen for nationalizing playground equipment. They have developed a “national action plan” on playgrounds and have conducted studies without end on the subject.
The CDC won a $10 million grant according to the WP to study violent video games and media images to assess “existing strategies for preventing gun violence and identifying the most pressing research questions with the greatest potential public-health impact.”
Other things they’re involved in that’s none of their business: anti-smoking propaganda, anti-bullying lessons, gender inequality studies, and unlimited behavior modification programs that treat individual lifestyles choices, as diseases.
The CDC was all in on the Global Wash Your Hands Day last week but that won’t help avoid Ebola. No, not even a little.
But wait, that’s not all. The CDC is green too. They’ve got green jobs and green initiatives and watch for climate change in all they do because “climate change and green infrastructure are the gateway to health communication.”
They conducted very meaningful studies like this one in 06. Reducing the Impact of Green Tobacco Sickness among Latino Farmworkers. (That was sarcasm on my part)
But the Cherry on the Sundae, and this according to both the Washington and NY Post, the CDC misused funds awarded by Congress. A $7.5 million grant slated for research on hantavirus, for instance, went instead to programs of their choosing. The problem is they were supposed to go back to Congress to get the okay but didn’t.
It’s understandable that the CDC was unprepared for a dangerous infectious disease in the US. They are busy taking care of malnutrition in Yemen, polio vaccines in DRC, Ebola in Uganda, field training in Nigeria and Indonesia, Malaria in Malaysia, safe water around the world disease detection in Guatemala, and anything and everything concerning Haiti. No wonder they can’t fit us into their schedule. They’re another World Health Org. but they’re a bad version.
All that stuff is great, but shouldn’t we have first priority? If they’re working 24/7 to protect Americans from harm (and who asked them) then they’d best get cracking because they haven’t done it yet. Hey, maybe if we were wearing helmets and riding bikes on the way to the playground and got Ebola they’d move us to the front of the line.
Instead the best they seem able to do is force Dr. Frieden on us. Heaven help us. Anyone interested in a hand basket?