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Letter to the editor: Preventing spread of disease is key point

In his op-ed “Undocumented immigrants, open borders are not an infectious disease risk” (Sept. 10, TribLIVE), Dr. Amesh A. Adalja actually confirms Walter Williams’ statements (“Open borders would mean further spread of disease,” Aug. 31, TribLIVE). According to Adalja, legal immigrants are checked and treated for infectious diseases. Good. Illegal immigrants obviously aren’t. Bad.

Citing specific diseases like HIV is a smokescreen. The important point I got from Williams was an attempt is made to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. The specific diseases are going to depend on the level of knowledge and concern at the time. In retrospect we may decide a particular disease was not really a concern, but the question is, what did we think we knew then?

Bob Peirce


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