Health experts: Diseases at border becoming ‘crisis’

ImageProxy.mvc-5Health professionals are warning of a “humanitarian crisis” festering in Texas and Arizona as a result of unchecked border crossings of illegal-immigrant children into border communities.

Cramped conditions and the spread of difficult-to-treat diseases has doctors worried in the wake of a massive influx of children coming across the Mexican-U.S. border, many of them from Central and South America. Outbreaks of scabies, lice, dengue fever, tuberculosis and other diseases – many of them contagious – are already being documented among the children and in some border agents who work among them.

“President Obama’s non-enforcement immigration doctrine seemingly invites illegal border crossings, which brings with it a wave of illnesses and diseases that have long been stamped-out in America,” Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., told WND.

Gingrey, a 30-year practicing physician, said the threat posed to American families is very real.

“There is a logistical nightmare these scarce diseases impose on the medical community,” he said. “The White House must stop neglecting the consequences of its reckless, open-border policies and protect the health and safety of our citizens – not to mention the security of our nation.”

As many as 80,000 children, many smuggled in by human traffickers without their parents, are expected to cross the southern U.S. border illegally in 2014, according to U.S. Border Patrol, and that could cost U.S. taxpayers up to $900 million. But if the flood of illegal border crossings seen over the past few months continues, the government may need to revise those estimates upward.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector of the Border Patrol has detained nearly 150,000 illegal immigrants, which puts the area on track to surpass last year’s total apprehensions of 154,453 just eight months into the current fiscal year, according to a report by KGBT Action 4 News, a CBS affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Temporary holding centers have been set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in southwest Texas and in Arizona to deal with the influx of illegals.

The situation has grown so dire that the federal government has established temporary shelter for thousands of illegal immigrants, most of them children, at Lackland Air Base in San Antonio, Texas.

In Nogales, Arizona, thousands more have been packed into a makeshift holding center, a former warehouse, and were reportedly sickened by the food.

CBS News reports that the government is contracting with vendors to provide the children with nutritional meals, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency will offer counseling and recreational activities. Read more HERE