We believe our government should take all reasonable measures to protect Americans and immigrants from infectious diseases to prevent a worsening public health crisis.
Americans, immigrants, and asylum seekers face increasingly dangerous health risks as diseases like measles and tuberculosis, as well as COVID-19, spread at an alarming rate—and as previously eradicated infections re-emerge around the world, including in our country.
Infectious diseases are an equal opportunity scourge, though they cause greater harm to the most vulnerable—babies, the ill, and the elderly.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires that all legal immigrants are vaccinated, there are no vaccination requirements for illegal immigrants, temporary visa holders, or visitors to the U.S.
To prevent a worsening national public health crisis, we urge the administration to secure our borders and ensure that immigrants and others come to the U.S. legally and with verified vaccination histories.