On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced new measures at airports to screen passengers for ebola.
All travelers from the Ebola outbreak countries of West Africa will be sent through one of the five airports in the United States with enhanced screening, starting on Wednesday.
Shortly after, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy blasted the new regulations:
“With no vaccine or cure, we are facing down a disease for which there is no room for error, he said. “While the Administration describes this announcement as new travel restrictions, they are nothing of the sort. The only ‘restriction’ is which airport a traveler from an Ebola hot zone may land at when they arrive in the United States.”
“I am urging we start first from the strongest line of defense and work down, not begin with the weakest line of public health protections and scramble our way up,” Rep. Murphy continued. “To fully protect the American public, the Administration must advance concrete travel restrictions that include a quarantine coupled with an immediate ban on all non-essential commercial travel from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.”
After the hearing, Murphy sent a letter to President Obama, outlining the nine steps the administration must take to protect Americans from the Ebola virus.