The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced that they will be placing new travel restrictions on travellers to the United States (U.S.) from West African countries where there are Ebola outbreaks. Those coming to the U.S. from these countries will now be required to arrive at one of five selected airports which are equipped with enhanced screening measures. The airports which will be receiving these travellers will be Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, Chicago’s O’Hare, New Jersey’s Newark, New York’s JFK, and Washington’s Dulles airports.
President Obama has stated that the situation requires constant monitoring, and that more restrictions may be put into place as is warranted. Following the announcement of this new policy, lawmakers from several states are already speaking up saying that more should be done. Some are calling for outright revocation of visas or refusal to allow entry to anyone from these Ebola outbreak countries. Representative John Conyers, Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, responded to some of these calls for travel bans by saying that they would be “irresponsible” and “counterproductive” because they would unnecessarily hinder relief efforts to those countries in need of aid. The debate on the issue of further restrictions, however, is far from over.
By Jim Malone
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