Illegal Immigration And Ebola: Double Threat Could Cripple America, Border Patrol Fears

Tara Dodrill

Illegal immigration prompted by the spread of Ebola could prove to be an insurmountable problem for America if National Border Patrol Council Chapter 3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera's predictions are accurate. During a Thursday afternoon interview with Stuart Varney on Fox News, both Cabrera and a retired military general voiced border security concerns if an Ebola outbreak were to occur in Central America or Mexico.

Cabrera feels that if an Ebola outbreak occurs in the nations to the South of the Texas border, a mad rush to get to the United States for potentially life-saving medical care will occur. According to information cited by Varney, the Ebola treatment for Thomas Eric Duncan came with a $500,000 bill. It remains unclear how the debt will be paid. Varney also noted that officials involved with the clean-up and removal of potentially contaminated items at the Ivy Apartments unit, where Duncan was staying, cost more than $100,000.

The depletion of resources and economic impact which could occur if just hundreds of illegal immigrants or foreign nationals came to America for Ebola treatment might have a devastating impact, according to Varney and his panel of experts.

Last week, Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told CBS News that he was concerned about the health of his fellow agents after illegal immigrants from Liberia were caught after attempting to enter America. In 2013 (the most recent complete statistics available), 231 people from Liberia have been caught attempting to cross the Texas border illegally. A total of 145 individuals from Sierra Leone were captured also attempting to cross the same border. The Border Patrol also caught 112 illegal immigrants from Guinea during the same time period. The CDC considers all three countries "hot spots" for Ebola.

"Our main concern like it's always been, is the health and safety of our agents. [Border Patrol agents] are trained, however, they are not medical professionals," Chris Cabrera added. The veteran Border Patrol agents also noted that after watching how his agents became sick from various viral illnesses during the massive illegal immigrant influx this past summer, he is even more concerned a similar scenario could develop on a catastrophic level if the border is not secured and Ebola strikes Mexico and Central America. "Some of our agents did contract scabies, and some of the other things that illegal aliens had. Luckily it's not something deadly like Ebola," Cabrera concluded.

The "quarantine zones" that Border Patrol agents were ordered to establish to separate ill illegal immigrants during the summer months were "nothing more than pieces of yellow caution tape," Cabrera said. The CDC said the agency is "working closely" with Border Patrol to use "routine processes" to identify "travelers" which may be showing signs of infectious disease or Ebola.

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