As coronavirus rampages across the world House Democrats are focused on passing the No Ban Act, a bill to reverse President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
While they are busy attacking the administration for its response to the outbreak, they are stepping on their own message with their dangerous open borders agenda.
The legislation would remove restrictions on countries under the travel ban and strengthen provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act that prohibit religious discrimination.
It would require that any future travel ban be temporary, subject to congressional oversight and imposed in response to specific actions from foreign agents that pose a threat to the U.S.
The Supreme Court upheld the president’s travel ban in a 5-4 ruling in June 2018, after a third revision of the policy. The court agreed that it did not specially target Muslims and that Congress had given the presidency sweeping authority to order such restrictions.
The number of people infected with coronavirus in the U.S. is growing, but the outbreak is relatively contained because of Trump’s quick action to impose travel restrictions at certain ports of entry after the virus first emerged in China in December. The number of cases of coronavirus has grown to 400 since January and 19 people have died.
“The President took early and decisive actions like instituting travel restrictions and utilizing the quarantine authority” to protect Americans from the outbreak, an HHS spokesperson said Thursday. Anyone who has been to China within the last 14 days requires screening.
Travelers entering the United States will face new protocols as cases of coronavirus grow around the world. Travel restrictions are now heightened for Iran and certain regions of South Korea and Italy, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday.
The travel advisory for Italy and South Korea has been increased to Level 4, the highest level, advising Americans not to travel to specific regions in those countries hit hardest by the virus.
Trump in a tweet on Sunday announced new screening procedures for people traveling from “high-risk countries.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to reduce travel to and from the most affected areas in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.
Several countries around the world have imposed travel restrictions and closed their borders in response to the spreading virus. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Sunday urged Italy to ban all its citizens from travelling to Europe in order to curb a serious outbreak. The Czech Republic is located within the European Union’s borderless Shengen area, preventing him from taking such action.
“Italy should ban all its citizens from travelling to Europe, because we are not able to order such a thing within Schengen,” Babis said on Czech Television.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has now placed 16 million citizens in the north in quarantine, cutting them off from the rest of the country. The unpredictable virus has taken a toll on Italy as the number of infected people grew by 1,247 in the last 24 hours — the biggest daily increase, bumping up the total to 5,883. The outbreak claimed the lives of another 36 people, bringing the total to 233.
Moscow city authorities urged people returning from China, South Korea, Iran, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and other states showing possible “unfavorable” signs of coronavirus to self-isolate at home for 14 days. The “high alert regime” was imposed on Thursday to prevent a spread of the illness. On Sunday they threatened to imprison people who did not follow their orders for up to five years.
Several countries have closed their borders to China after the virus started spreading. China has confirmed more than 80,000 cases, the most in the world, and reported 99 new cases on Saturday. The country also reported 28 new fatalities, raising the mainland death toll to 3,070.
Here at home, Democrats prefer to restrict the president, elected by the people, from exercising due diligence to protect American citizens, preferring to provide a virtually unrestricted gateway to potentially infected people into the US.
“Whether it’s the virus that we’re talking about, or the many other public health threats, the Democrat policy of open borders is a direct threat to the health and well being of all Americans,” Trump said at a rally in South Carolina in February.
The administration intends to impose commonsense restrictions at the border, regardless of objections from Democrats. Open-border policies are unsustainable and dangerous, particularly in the era of coronavirus.