How come Thomas Eric Duncan, a man who had been exposed to Ebola, was allowed to come to the United States?
Now that Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan has become “US” Ebola Patient Zero, it’s worth noting his visit to Dallas within days of President Obama signing an executive order September 26 allowing illegal aliens from Liberia to stay through at least 2016. The Washington Times reported last Friday:
President Obama deferred deportation Friday for thousands of Liberians living in the U.S., allowing them to remain in America for two more years rather than return to their Ebola-stricken homeland.
In a presidential order, Mr. Obama extended the grant of “deferred enforced departure” for Liberians who have enjoyed safe haven status in the U.S. as far back as 1991, when their country was in the midst of a civil war.
The civil war in Liberia ended in 2003 and the Liberians temporary protected status ended in 2007.
Duncan boarded his plane on September 19 on a journey that took him from Liberia to Brussels (where he had a seven hour layover) to Washington, DC (where he had another three hour layover) and finally to Dallas. This was before the president signed the Order but, it’s possible he knew it was coming. Why? Like entire communities of people in the US from Central America knew the president would grant amnesty to newcomers, Duncan was headed to Dallas which has a relatively large population of Liberians, 10,000.
Officials in Liberia say they checked Duncan before he boarded his plane in Monrovia, but he didn’t show signs of Ebola. Oddly, by a couple of days after he arrived in the United States to visit his girlfriend, he fell ill, went to the hospital and, though he told them he was from Africa ( no stories indicate he said ‘Liberia’), no one seemed interested in testing him for Ebola. Four days later, and after his friend called the CDC, shazaam! he was allowed to be treated for Ebola. During that time, he possibly could have infected hundreds of people.
Perhaps the officials in Liberia should have asked Duncan if he’d had any contact with people suffering from Ebola before getting on a plane. In fact, Duncan helped move a woman suffering from the disease for his landlord. The landlord died of Ebola before Duncan came to America.
Of course, President Ebola could have stopped this man from coming to the US with existing immigration laws.