Rubio Pledges Travel Ban Bill Restricting Ebola-Affected Countries
With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. in the last month, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is arguing for a travel ban on those traveling from the Ebola-affected nations. The travel ban would mean tightening travel and visa restrictions for the top three countries affected with the virus, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
The Department of Homeland Security just announced tightened air travel restrictions for the endangered countries. All travelers coming from the three countries will have to arrive at one of five specially-trained airports for additional screening for Ebola.
But Marco wants to take it a step further, promising to introduce a bill to Senate that would stop visa grants to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. “We must take any and all necessary precautions to contain this virus – and common sense restrictions on travel from countries now confronting this epidemic is an important step,” said Marco in this MSNBC article.
Opponents argue that such legislation would hinder wiping out Ebola by discouraging aid to the affected countries, but Americans are overwhelmingly in agreement with Rubio.
“This ban on issuance of visas does not mean we will be completely cutting off the affected countries from the outside world," said Rubio. "We must continue to increase our assistance to those countries as they struggle to contain this outbreak. That is, ultimately, the only way we will be able to stop this outbreak and keep Americans safe from this horrible disease.”
How do you feel? Do you support a travel ban on all travelers from the West African countries affected by Ebola?