Breaking:WASHINGTON (USAToday) – The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that all travelers from Ebola outbreak countries in West Africa will be funneled through one of five U.S. airports with enhanced screening starting Wednesday.This would be about the 20th time the previous way of doing things in this crisis was so intelligent, it needed to be fixed.
Customs and Border Protection within the department began enhanced screening – checking the traveler's temperature and asking about possible exposure to Ebola – at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Oct. 11.
Enhanced screening for travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea was expanded Oct. 16 to Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare, New Jersey's Newark and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airports.
Those airports were supposed to screen 94% of the average 150 people per day arriving from the three countries. But lawmakers from other states asked for enhanced screening at their airports, too.
Some lawmakers have also called for more restrictions, such as suspending visas or simply denying entry at ports for citizens from the three countries.
Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security, announced that travelers from West Africa must arrive at one of the five airports starting Wednesday.
It's now a short step to admitting - right after the next Ebola victim arrives here anyways, because you can't "screen" asymptomatic people to catch those with Ebola - that all future visas for those three countries will be cancelled, and admitting that anyone going there will need to proceed back through a mandatory quarantine stop.
Just like everyone with any common sense has been telling them all along.
No word on how the new rules will affect the 11M illegal aliens already here, or those who enter across the Mexican border essentially unhindered. Doubtless Jeh Johnson wasn't aware that we share a border with Mexico, and another one with Canada, and of course no comments on what happens when travelers decide to simply fly from Europe to Mexico City or Toronto, and then hop a bus or take a walk.
This may affect the planned executive amnesty order though.