Apparently, several congressmen have called on the federal government to close the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of swine flu. Sounds logical. I mean, if you’re worried about an epidemic, the first thing you do is isolate the contagious people, right? This allows the proper authorities to keep the uninfected safe and concentrate on helping those who need it. Whether this flu becomes one for the history books or the pandemic that wasn’t, some simple precautions, including closing the border with the country with the most cases, would seem like common sense.
Too bad we can’t close the border.
Can you imagine maintaining your house like the U.S. maintains its borders? Random people wandering through at all hours, helping themselves to your medicine cabinet, maybe offering to do some work cheap… Of course not. As welcoming and kind-hearted as we may be, we tend to like to know who we’re inviting into our homes, at least a little. We know without being told that you’re taking a huge risk to just throw your doors open for absolutely anyone to walk into your house. We all screen people coming into our homes (especially fathers of teenage daughters facing teenage boys who want to come in).
Remember when people were saying we need a border fence? That, among other reasons, it was actually kinda important that we screen immigrants for diseases? When people pointed out that various diseases that had been eradicated in the U.S. were reappearing because of illegal immigration?
“Pooh, pooh,” said the Left, “You’re just racist and anti-immigrant! Disease isn’t really an issue when we’re talking about the border!”
Ok, so do you feel safe, knowing that only people going through the official border crossings or airports are being screened for swine flu symptoms? Wouldn’t it help if we actually could control our border?