Although they’d never admit it, the White House has seriously mishandled the emerging threat of Ebola.
They’ve failed to screen passengers who manifested signs of Ebola. They even gave the okay to a nurse to travel by plane after she cared for an Ebola patient and reported having a low-grade fever.
But that’s not all. Apparently, the Obama administration has actually made it easier for travelers from West Africa to get visas. As Breitbart News reported:
In short, the USCIS has been waiving fees, expediting the immigration process, and allowing extensions of visas for anyone coming from the three designated Ebola-stricken countries, provided that they are in the United States.
The Free Republic blog reported that the law firm of Edward W. Neufville, III, LLC, a Washington, D.C. area immigration firm, added a section to their website two days after the USCIS announcement, with more details about how these relief measures would work, including extensions of the time that the foreign national could remain in the United States, additional work permit opportunities, and even forgiveness for failure to appear at required interviews or submit required evidence.
According to the Neufville firm, the new USCIS policies mean that ‘[i]ndividuals from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea currently in the United States may apply for an extension or change in status due to the Ebola Outbreak, even if their request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired.’
Otherwise stated, this means that someone from one of those countries who illegally overstayed their visa can now apply for an extension, or someone who arrived illegally can apply to get legal status.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died from Ebola earlier this month, had traveled to the United States after his visa was approved in August, the same month that USCIS announced the new relief measures.
It’s an absolutely ghastly story.
And considering the Obama administration is still allowing unrestricted travel in and out of these countries, it’s a grave indicator of Obama’s unwillingness to stop a serious problem before it starts.
This is beyond just being negligent. Should a full-scale outbreak take place, Obama is culpable beyond a shadow of a doubt!