Allowing mass numbers of immigrants into the country as displace refugees is resulting in not only economic drain but health deterioration.
Minnesota is home to thousands of refugees and since they were placed there for settlement the number of active tuberculosis cases has increased at an alarming rate. Tuberculosis is a highly infectious bacteria that centers on the lungs and easily spread from one person to another through close proximity.
The number of active tuberculosis (TB) cases diagnosed in Minnesota increased 12 percent in 2016 to 168, up from 150 one year earlier, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program’s Quarterly Surveillance Report, October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
Fourteen of these 168 cases, or 9 percent were diagnosed within the first year in the United States of the 2,635 refugees who were resettled in Minnesota in FY 2016. The majority of these refugees came from two high TB burden countries: 1,195 came from Somalia, and 653 came from Burma, according to the State Department’s interactive website.
Eleven of these 14 cases of active TB in refugees were actually diagnosed in pre-immigration exams overseas before their arrival in Minnesota – a remarkable situation that would have either violated U.S. law or required the granting of a waiver by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office within the Department of Homeland Security, since active TB is a “Class A” health risk which is prohibited entry to the U.S. without such a waiver.
Three of these 14 cases of active TB in refugees were diagnosed during the refugee health exams conducted after their arrival in the United States.