Media Burying TB, Hepatitis, HIV, Dangerous Diseases Brought in by ‘Migrant Caravan’


According to a December 11 post by government watchdog group Judicial Watch, the media is doing its level best to hide from the American people the dangerous diseases being brought into the country by illegal aliens.

Judicial Watch calls the media’s whitewashing of the health risk posed by illegals a “great example of the mainstream media distorting information to promote a liberal agenda.”

JW went on to slam a recent NBC story that has leftists all in a happy, dream state. The story maintained that migrants “don’t bring disease, they help fight it.”

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JW goes on:

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The finished product is titled “Global patterns of mortality in international migrants: a systematic review and meta-analysis” and one of the researchers, Dr. Paul Spiegel, proclaims that migrants spreading disease is a “false argument” used to keep them out. The editor of the Lancet said; “In too many countries, the issue of migration is used to divide societies and advance a populist agenda.”

But, even in the story smart readers will find the lie to the claim:

Nevertheless, buried deep in the news article the reporter offers this important nugget from the study, only after writing that migrants are less likely than people in their host countries to die of heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and other ills: “The exceptions are hepatitis, tuberculosis and HIV.” Last we checked those are deadly diseases and Judicial Watch has interviewed medical experts that confirm illegal immigrants do indeed pose a serious public health threat to the U.S. by bringing dangerous diseases into the country. This includes tuberculosis, dengue and Chikungunya. Just last month a prominent physician in a key border state warned that the caravan streaming north from Honduras will undoubtedly bring infectious diseases into the U.S. Among them are extremely drug resistant strands of tuberculosis and mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya that are widespread in the region.

Seriously, who cares if migrants bring in heart disease?? That isn’t communicable. But Hepatitis, TB, and HIV are communicable! And pose an immediate threat!

Worse, we have a test case of illegals bring dangerous diseases into a country. We have but to look down in South America:

The same week Judicial Watch published the story about the caravan health threat a major newspaper reported on the health crisis created by the influx of Venezuelans fleeing to neighboring countries. The migrants are spreading malaria, yellow fever, diphtheria, dengue, tuberculosis and AIDS throughout South America. Many of the diseases had been considered eradicated in the neighboring Latin American countries, according to government officials cited in the article, which states that “contagion from Venezuela’s economic meltdown is starting to spread to neighboring countries—not financially, but literally, in the form of potentially deadly diseases carried among millions of refugees.” As an example, the story reveals that “measles reappeared with a vengeance” in a Brazilian city near the Venezuelan border that had declared the highly contagious airborne disease “vanquished” nearly two decades ago. “Measles is already spreading beyond the Brazilian Amazon to other Brazilian states, as well as Colombia, Peru and as far south as Argentina, according to recent Pan American Health Organization reports,” the article states. “Other diseases racing through communities in Venezuela are now crossing borders and raising concerns among health authorities as far away as the U.S.”

That is exactly what we are seeing with these dirty, disease-ridden illegals in Tijuana.

And it is what we’ll see if we let these people flood into this country, like Democrats want.

“Even the recent study twisted by the mainstream media acknowledges that illegal immigrants are likely to carry hepatitis, tuberculosis and HIV,” Judicial Watch concludes. “Selectively burying the information doesn’t change the severity of the matter. Though not a mainstream media outlet, a popular leftist news and opinion site went so far as to label those who claim migrants pose a threat to public health racist.”

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