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Even though Pennsylvania is thousands of miles from the border, Governor Tom Corbett thought it would be good to open his mouth and place his foot in it again.  While talking to the CBS radio affiliate in Pittsburgh Pa, the governor stated:

“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 governmentcould 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.”
The best part of the statement is when he says "we also are concerned about their health and what they may cause as far as health issues in the state of Pennsylvania."  

When asked about what diseases these kids are bringing, the governor said:

“Well, measles is one that, that comes to mind very quickly and, you know, whatever other diseases that they may or may not have.”
Tom Corbett strikes again.  #FACEPALM

Originally posted to In Support of Labor and Unions on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Southeastern Pennsylvania, DKos Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, and Philly Kos.

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  •  Perhaps he didn't phrase it very well, but it's a (1+ / 1-)
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    valid concern, isn't it? Remarkable that in the midst of all the hand-wringing here, nobody seems willing even to consider it. A lot of Central America is a shithole, to be blunt, and I shudder to consider just what diseases might be flourishing amidst the poverty. We need to make sure that those who are diseased get treated before they enter this country, and yes, turned back if they're untreatable. Those are the hard facts of life.

  •  He "SAYS." Never Confuse What a Winger Says With (0+ / 0-)

    what they may or may not think.

    This meme popped up some time ago the way so many rightwing talking points do that are centrally distributed every day.

    Generally, if you hear 2 wingers talking about the same thing, you'll hear a thousand of them talking about it all of a sudden.

    And anyway as others point out it's a very old fear grounded in some past if not present reality. Godfather 2 portrays young Vito Corleone quarantined for disease for a while on arrival, and there have been cholera and other disease issues with some immigrant arrivals especially in pre antibiotic days.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 05:45:37 AM PDT

  •  There is in New York Harbor... (2+ / 0-)
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    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name,
    Mother of Exiles.  From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome...
    --so says Emma Lazarus, in her powerful words on the Statue of Liberty.  

    Governor Corbett, Ms. Lazarus makes no exemption for the children of Central American nations.  

    "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

    by Remediator on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 06:06:06 AM PDT

    •  Oh, for God's sake. Get off your high horse. (0+ / 0-)

      What will you say when someone walks across the border and brings hepatitis in? Can't POSSIBLY happen, no, so won't even consider the possibility, or allow discussion on it.

      •  Our city ordinance won't allow (0+ / 0-)

        us to have horses where we live.

        We like horses, mind you.  We're just not allowed to keep one in the back yard.  

        "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

        by Remediator on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 10:51:15 AM PDT

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        •  Haw, haw, haw! Devastating putdown there! (0+ / 0-)
          •  Your original comment defended Corbett (1+ / 0-)
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            who used contagion to characterize those kids.  

            What Corbett said, in my opinion, was bigoted, narrow-hearted, and done on purpose to pretend we are not obligated to acknowledge the suffering of others.  

            I'm on no high-horse, and that's the point.  No one on the north side of the border is higher or better than anyone on the south side of it, period.  

            They deserve compassion and are not getting any from people who characterize them as bearers of contagion.  

            "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

            by Remediator on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 10:56:15 AM PDT

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            •  I certainly wasn't intending to defend "contagion" (0+ / 0-)

              But why do I feel that nobody here is willing to admit that we need to make sure those who enter this country aren't carrying something? That's the point I've been trying to make.

              •  In my opinion, it is not the point at hand. (0+ / 0-)

                There are people as we speak standing on our side of the border shouting decidedly dismissive and hateful things at those kids.  

                Corbett just bought them all a round of whatever they're drinking.  

                Someone -- let's say the child of a U.S. American citizen -- may become infected with a serious disease in Knoxville or Bakersfield or Albany.  Should we have that family removed from our geographic borders?  Where should we send them?

                What if the child has gone all week to summer school?  Should we remove her or his classmates and their families as well?  What if the child's grandparents visited on Thursday evening for dinner.  We'll have to ship them out post haste.  And the mail courier, too, who delivered mail at least five days to the residence this past week.  

                I believe the imminent issue is the way some U.S. Americans are treating them, or in Corbett's case, are urging them to be treated -- as unworthy of human dignity.  His comments were coarse and idiotic and bigoted.  

                 

                "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

                by Remediator on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 11:09:07 AM PDT

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                •  I agree with your take on the people at the border (0+ / 0-)

                  But I think the rest of your argument doesn't hold water. We need to take into account diseases eradicated or well-controlled here that aren't so in other countries. Do I really have to spell that out? Surely not.

                  •  You've spelled it out. And I'm rejecting (0+ / 0-)

                    your argument.  

                    The larger issue is dignity and survival, IMO.  

                    Corbett used disease to characterize the children.  What he said was at once baseless and bigoted.  He said it on purpose to frighten whoever believes those kids don't deserve dignified treatment.  

                    It was fear--mongering, hateful, unnecessary, and unhelpful.  

                    "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

                    by Remediator on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 11:48:59 AM PDT

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      •  And don't forget Ebola, eh? One more case in the (1+ / 0-)
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        Americas and the total would soar all the way to one.

  •  Corbett is in the fight of his political life. So (1+ / 0-)
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    he is going to say whatever will rouse the base.

    There are a lot of bigots in this state, and there has been a large increase in the Hispanic population in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. The bigots are afraid that after the children have been processed, they will be sent to family already living here. So there's tension. And Corbett is trying to use that to garner a few more votes.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 08:49:28 AM PDT

  •  And if they don't like seeing immigrants from LA (0+ / 0-)

    around they can just close their eyes.

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