Pima County Health Director: Health Threat From Unaccompanied Children Very Low

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There's no merit to the hysterical claim that unaccompanied children from Central America are posing a health risk upon their arrival to the U.S., according to Pima County's health director.

Pima County Health Department Director Francisco Garcia has been investigating the claims made by politicians and others that some sort of serious health threat exists, such as diseases being carried over, but he hasn't seen any serious risk.

See also:
-The U.S. Tries to Deport Not Protect Children Fleeing Violence in Central America

"I continue to believe that the unaccompanied minor children transiting through Pima County and the approximately 273 residing within the Tucson shelter facility present a very low risk threat to the health of the public in this jurisdiction," Garcia wrote in a letter to the county administrator. "This conclusion is based on my best understanding of the current processing and medical system that is in place to serve these children, the minimal interaction between the children and the public, the contracted obligations of the current sheltering facility, as well as reassurances from out federal partners."

Garcia says he's had briefings with Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Recall the recent protest against the children, instigated by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. A news report says Babeu "reached out to Homeland Security expressing public safety and health concerns."

There have been several congressman who have perpetuated the apparent myth that these kids are big disease carriers.

In Garcia's letter, he actually sees a health risk to the children making this journey to the United States:
The health and well-being of Pima County is my sole priority, and I will continue to follow this evolving humanitarian situation. Although the safety and health of the children who are making the long and perilous journey from Central America is a concern, the risk is really to these children and not to our larger community. As always I will keep you informed if there is a significant change in my assessment of the level of threat.

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DNichols
DNichols

These "ilegal aliens"/unacompanied children are actually refugee children fleeing massive gang violence in Central America.


The U.S. should demand that these Countries wage a "War" against gang voiolence so that Parents won't need to send their children away to try and survive.

Otherwise cut off the wasted Billions U.S. financial aid to these corrupt Countries!


Mexico claims they don't have the money to patrol their lower Border?


Hey Mexcico quit getting rich off letting people ride on top of your train line?


Cut off Mexico's aid as well?


Mean while these refugee children should be treated in accordance to American principles, and standards of GOOD.

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

County Sheriffs who solicit sex online are a threat to public health.

renesmelautner7
renesmelautner7

And ocommie care........anyone who believes that is a good thing also......The two brain cells are dead.....

renesmelautner7
renesmelautner7

Anyone who believes what this gov is spewing does NOT HAVE TWO BRAIN CELLS TO RUB TOGETHER...........enough said

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

The biggest health threat in all of this???


All the Republican hot air being pumped out.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

True, these kids have and sometimes spread the same diseases that plagued Americans before near-universal vaccination programs got started 75 years ago or thereabouts. Yes, the diseases are endemic where they come from. In addition to those bacterial and viral infections, many of the kids have internal and external parasites to deal with which make their lives pretty miserable. However, most American youngsters are immune to most of those diseases and infestations. For that reason, these "illegal aliens" do not post a significant threat to public health on this side of the border. Plus the simple fact that the vast majority of them are effectively quarantined. Therefore, you're just totally full of it, Jaffy.

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

Call them illegal aliens, not unaccompanied children.  Little babies don't just crawl 1,200 miles into Texas.  They were accompanied!

And if you want us to believe their health threat is low, you are wrong. To say the threat if low is the same big lie that is a humanitarian crisis to escape violence, etc. There is no threat of violence to those kids in the countries they are coming here. It's just a ruse to win our sympathy.

Oh yes I know what I'm talking about.  The border crisis is a serious health threat to everybody.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols 

You don't find it coincidental that this "massive gang violence" started right after misinformation began to spread about amnesty programs for illegal minors?

The source nations have high crime rates, but not high enough to be classed as violators of human rights.  If you were really desperately fleeing violence from Guatemala, for example, it would be more reasonable to head south, than to pass through Mexico.


Did you know that the word "gullible" doesn't exist in the dictionary?


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Flyer9753 Christina Jones just announced that if elected, she's have the "Led Zeppelin" flying over the Rio Grande, which she claims runs south of Arizona!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com  so now you think every one of them is an infant? you somehow seem to know just exactly what the living conditions are in other countries? and lastly................the pump jockey from Fresno somehow managed to acquire a medical degree in between cleaning the Shell station bathroom and managing his numerous gay porn sites? the fact that you are able to post stuff daily is just proof that nobody takes mental health issues seriously. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com They should really be called refugees, as they would be called if they came from about any place else (including Cuba).


Also, the counties they come from actually have better healthcare than many in the US.  Did you know that percentage wise, more of these kids have gotten their immunizations than kids in Texas?

MoManny
MoManny

Do you just make up shit to post? You sound like you have a serious mental illness. Thank god for Obama Care so you can get health coverage to battle it.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @DNichols Actually there is a LONG and WELL DOCUMENTED history of the gang violence and it's recent escalation.


But it's well documented and current information, so I am sure that is why you don't have it.


Oh, and per you on another comment, you can go do your own research this time.



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative @DNichols 

There is gang violence, and it's in the news more now than in the past (another coincidence), but the State Department still says it's not at a level that would make these kids legitimately "refugees".

There has to be a "human rights violation" for that.


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @DNichols Bullshit


I don't care what the US's arbitrarily set number is, interesting that now all of a sudden you like govt. numbers...


If these people, the majority of which were/are children as in this case, showed up on anyone elses border claiming EXACTLY what these people are claiming, with the documented history that is available, the US would be calling for that country/govt. to take in those 'refugees'.


You want examples of this? Go look at the middle east, africa, south america, central america.... again... long documented in the same numbers and circumstances.


This is nothing more than US hypocrisy, once again loving to tell everyone else what they have to do, but not doing those same things themselves.


End of discussion.


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