Refugees Bringing Worldwide Diseases to U.S.

POLIZETTE — Mass illegal immigration from underdeveloped countries poses a direct threat to Americans’ public health.

Reductive and biased media narratives, which frame the migrant debate both in the U.S. and in Europe solely in terms of people who value “diversity” versus nationalists motivated by xenophobia, obfuscate the fact that many of these people come from countries where medical care is decades behind the developed world.

This has very real and dangerous consequences.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in March 2016 revealed that the country’s progress toward eradicating tuberculosis is at a standstill. After two decades of annual decreases in the number of cases nationwide, rates of TB infection did not decrease between 2013 and 2015, with 2015 seeing a slight uptick in cases compared to the previous year.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia all reported increases in the disease. Immigration is largely responsible for this health crisis, belying the left’s claim that immigrants are always a net positive and anyone who says otherwise is a bigoted racist. The truth is that immigration can literally make natives sick.

Data from the Vermont Department of Health, obtained by, revealed that of the roughly 900 refugees tested for tuberculosis since 2013, over one-third of them tested positive for the disease.

Moreover, the CDC reported that “Mexico-born persons accounted for the largest proportion of foreign-born persons reported with TB,” and that “data reported to the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System indicate that TB incidence among foreign-born persons in the United States has remained approximately 13 times the incidence among U.S.-born persons.”


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