On Friday’s radio program, Glenn Beck talked about the hundreds of African immigrants who have crossed the US-Mexico border in recent weeks, and the fact that most of these migrants come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an area suffering the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history.
“We all know how deadly Ebola is. We all know it’s ground zero in the Congo,” Glenn said. “We are now looking at the [second] biggest outbreak, the most deadly outbreak of Ebola yet. And where is it? It’s centered in the Congo.”
According to U.S. Border Patrol reports, more than 500 illegal immigrants from Africa, primarily from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola, have crossed the U.S. – Mexico border into Texas in recent weeks.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the confirmed cases of Ebola have exceeded 2000, with nearly 1400 of those cases resulting in death. This puts the fatality ratio for the virus at 67 percent, according to the World Health Organization.
Glenn explained that Ebola is particularly difficult to diagnose, in part because the virus has a 21 day incubation period, and there are no mandatory screenings, quarantines, or detention before illegal immigrants are released into communities.
“Now, this doesn’t mean these guys have Ebola. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take them in if they really are fleeing from a war zone,” Glenn asserted. “This means we should not dismiss the fact[s] … and if anyone thinks that ISIS just wouldn’t weaponize people — you’re out of your mind.”
He went on to note that ISIS is currently active in the Ebola-stricken regions of the Congo, having claimed responsibility for a deadly attack as recently as last week, and has threatened bio-terrorism in the past.
“But why worry,” he added. “That’s going to be called hateful. That’s going to be called fear-mongering. That’s going to be called everything other than what it is: a truthful look at the facts, and a warning that … we should be screening for Ebola and we have a problem on the border. This is a catastrophe of global significance just waiting to happen.”
Watch this clip to hear Glenn’s case on why we shouldn’t dismiss the threat of an Ebola outbreak on US soil:
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