House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Trey Gowdy, (R, South Carolina) called on the President to institute a travel ban to and from countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks. Though the Obama Administration should strongly consider any measures that protect the American public form Ebola, past behavior from the President is discouraging. Gowdy also stated a respect and admiration for the “front line” healthcare workers who are facing this potential epidemic.
We write regarding your solemn duty, as the President of the United States, to take every step possible to protect the American people from danger. Specifically, we urge you to use authority granted to you by Congress, in the Immigration and Nationality Act, to prohibit foreign nationals who were recently present in an Ebola-ravaged country, from entering the United States.
8, U.S.C. 1182(f), states, Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens, or of any class of aliens, into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens, or any class of aliens, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he deems to be appropriate.
You utilized this provision in August 2011, to restrict the international travel, and to suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of certain persons, who participated in serious human rights, and humanitarian law violations.. Preventing Americans from contracting Ebola, which the World Health Organization notes, has a death rate of up to 90%, and has already killed at least 4,484 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, is every bit as important as preventing human rights abusers from entering the United States.
Gowdy continues by respectfully stating the reasons for which he disagrees with the current position of the President and his Administration on Ebola. He further relays the wishes of the 67% of American’s surveyed October 14th by ABC News who want travel restrictions and containment of the deadly virus.
Finally, thanking the President for his immediate attention to this matter, Gowdy takes the opportunity to remind Obama that U.S. citizens presently have little confidence that all necessary measures are being taken by this Administration to protect public interest. There seems to be widespread, bipartisan support for travel limitations. Why the President will not take the politically expedient opportunity here, as he has done when it has not been in the country’s best interest, defies reason.
H/T: Conservative Tribune