“In response to an inflow of unaccompanied minors arriving in Texas in 2014, Rep. Gohmert suggested bringing in the Texas National Guard to ‘cease the invasion… [because] we don’t know what illnesses they’re bringing in,’” said The Plot Towards Immigrants, a undertaking of Western States Middle. Gohmert pushed this racist lie greater than as soon as, additionally claiming that U.S. faculties wouldn’t be capable to educate these kids as a result of “we don’t even know what all illnesses they’ve,” Texas Observer reported on the time.
The “diseased immigrant” lie is a racist and drained one well-liked with Republicans like Gohmert. “Take into account, for instance, Guatemala,” Texas Observer reported on the time.
“In line with the United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF), Guatemalan children are extra doubtless than Texans to be immunized for many infectious illnesses,” the report stated. “Guatemala has common well being care. Vaccines are 100 p.c funded by the federal government … By comparability, one in six children in Texas is uninsured, and even insured households usually should pay for vaccination.”
Actually, as Gohmert lies and claims children fleeing to the U.S. are someway bringing hazard, it’s the present U.S. authorities that has created precedented risks.
We all know that migrant kids have died underneath U.S. look ahead to the primary time in a few years. We all know that even after kids died underneath U.S. watch, border officers ignored a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to offer detained children and households flu photographs. We additionally know that at the same time as COVID-19 is hitting migrant household jails, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is refusing to launch children and their mother and father collectively.
In line with the ABC Information report, “Republican sources on Capitol Hill instructed ABC Information that Gohmert’s full employees has been within the workplace in current days and that, at instances, staffers had been chastised for sporting masks.” After testing optimistic, Gohmert then claimed that perhaps it was sporting a masks that received him sick.