Corbett Not Ready to Welcome Immigrant Kids

Says they could bring disease into Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, right, along with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, left; hold a news conference in his chambers addressing the state budget-spending plan for the new fiscal year that starts in less than 40 hours, Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, right, says bringing immigrant kids to Pennsylvania puts the state at risk for health problems. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Gov. Tom Corbett says he’s not a fan of bringing to Pennsylvania some of the influx of immigrant children crossing the border  — he’s worried they could bring and spread disease to the state.

KDKA reports:

“We feel for these children that they are fleeing their countries,” Corbett said. “We want to make sure they are taken care of and returned to their countries. But we also are concerned about their health and what they may cause as far as health issues in the state of Pennsylvania. From my standpoint, where they are coming in, there are certainly enough military bases in Texas and Arizona that the federal government could at least house them there temporarily to make sure before they send them to any state that their health conditions are okay for that. That they’ve had all their immunizations and so forth because we have a strong concern on that. From a humanitarian stand point you want to make sure these kids get taken care of but they need to be returned to their country of origin.”

Huffington Post says the kids probably don't pose more of a health threat than, say, Jenny McCarthy's:

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), a physician, sent a letter dated July 7 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in which he said that "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning." And the argument has been circulated by some other GOP lawmakers.

However, the concerns have been disputed, with UNICEF's statistics showing that just 92 percent of U.S. children have been vaccinated against measles, compared with 93 percent of children in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The Holy Family Institute, run by the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh, is taking in a number of children temporarily, in order to place them with family in the United States. And there's been some talk of creating a new immigration center in Hazelton to help handle the influx of children.

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  • hape2b

    If temporary housing is going to made available at military bases, our homeless VETERANS should be accommodated first! I’m sorry, but for illegal immigrants there should not be any accommodations.

  • Commentator

    I think you meant “Hazleton”

  • Charliefoxtrot

    I guess “immigrant” means these kids are here legally, and Corbett is violating Federal law?

    An “immigrant” saves his money, undergoes medical and background checks, and applies for a visa/naturalization papers etc.

    If we wouldn’t send ships to Honduras/Africa/North Korea to bring billions of people who can also claim refugee status, why should we help those who entered here in front of legal immigrants? There is literally no end to those who would claim refugee status to get here….it sounds harsh, but with an already poor population and social services stretched to the limit, how is this good public policy??

    A nation without borders is not a nation. Unless you leave your house wide open and unlocked when you leave it?

  • Enuf already

    Really, Really what a horrid, misleading headline. He’s right to be so just as all of America should be. Shows intelligence, common sense. Not only is it putting our country in danger – how many security threats have already been allowed through, its been proven they’re coming in with disease that is contagious and could quickly spread. Doing so illegally with the expectation no demanding that the hardworking taxpayers have to take care of them taking from their own families, future, education, retirement, lost their jobs, homes etc. and many are barely making it as is.
    Go hape2b — homeless vets, the ads asking for donations to wounded warriors — they should be our first consideration as they fought and gave much for our country, our people and other countries, their people. How quickly they’re forgotten.
    Just as other countries have the right to protect their country and people so do we. Now we just need to start doing this.
    They didn’t wake up one morning and say I’m going to America. This was planned for some time. By who, why?
    They need to immediately put out broadcasts, signs, whatever it takes to notify the world that this is not our policy, the borders are closed until further notice and shoot to kill for anyone attempting illegal entry. Costs incurred so far will be deducted from any funding given these countries which apparently should be stopped as its not getting to the people. Immediately send them back to their countries. They shouldn’t have been allowed to board or enter period.
    Immigration (I’m second) in the past is different than it is today. The majority don’t come for the opportunity to work their way up/out but come with expectations and demands of money, housing, etc. for the American taxpayer, working person to support them. All of this must be stopped as it wasn’t the way it was and there was good reason for it. Its neither sustainable nor fair. What about our rights, our families rights? Skin in the game.
    Where’s the media and our politicians in all of this????

  • Dan