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Reader's View: Wall, quarantine needed on border

In 1798, the U.S. Public Health Service was enacted to protect the nation’s citizens from diseased seamen coming back from foreign travels to unclean ports. The seamen would pick up foreign diseases and return to the U.S., where they could infect the whole country. A yellow-flag quarantine was placed on ships until a U.S. Public Health Service doctor gave the “all clear” to discharge passengers, crew, and cargo.

This system included payroll deductions from the seamen to support U.S. Public Health Service hospitals and doctors and was in effect until 1980 when Congress turned the responsibility over to the seaman union’s health care.

The quarantine of travelers has becomes so relaxed that today we allow many illnesses into our country. We don’t adequately check travelers. Yet we require citizens to get shots to travel to third-world countries.

Now, an army of certainly unclean and infected people, with God only knows what ailments, has begun approaching our border with Mexico. I consider this a biological-warfare tactic.

The U.S. Public Health Service must order a border shutdown to protect United States citizens. The wellness of our nation depends on a wall and a quarantine system of containment.  

Davy Jones

Duluth

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