Illegals, not American travelers, may be bringing Zika to our shores

By Shavana Abruzzo

Illegal immigrants are a drain on our economy, a peril to our national security, and a drag on our souls. They may also be hazardous to our health, thanks to sloppy U.S. immigration laws acting as incubators for diseases once foreign to North America — like the untreatable Zika virus now affecting dozens of Americans,including three pregnant women.

The mosquito-borne germ the World Health Organization says is “spreading explosively” is a cousin of deadly yellow fever and tied to infant deformities. Yet illegals-friendly federal health officialsallude American travelers are the ones transporting the bacteria, instead of unlawful immigrants coming here unchecked from originating Zika regions in South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

It is no coincidence that the countries Centers for Disease Control fingers as Zika hotbeds — among them Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, and El Salvador are experiencing a mass exodus to the U.S. Or that the highest number of undocumented immigrants live in Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and Illinois where the virus is confirmed.

Contagion and illegal immigration are a marriage made in hell. Disturbing El Salvador remains a leading exporter of illegal immigrants, preparing for yet another border surge. It, and neighboring Guatemala and Honduras, are nerve centers for infectious diseases, and smugglers rum-running locals and others to America, increasing the certainty that illegals — not Americans — are Zika carriers.

Immigrants used to be screened for diseases before entering the country to keep pandemics at bay, but today’s slipshod border control has eradicated that safety measure, while globalization, an obsession with multi-culturalism, and a negligent domestic health industry have combined to soft-soap the assault of chagas disease, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, and other strange and unnerving infestations we’re told not to worry about.

The nearly 5,000 unaccompanied children caught crossing the border last October are just a fraction of the estimated — likely under-rated — 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in America. Many entered illegally or overstayed their visas, but all of them are here because of the unenforced immigration laws now helping to make disease in America the new occupational hazard.