History Proves Travel Bans Are Based On Fear, Not Facts

October 24, 2014 11:13 AM

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On October 16, more than 40 members of Congress went on record seeking a travel ban against individuals from Ebola-afflicted West Africa, despite caution from Thomas Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, that a ban would hurt global efforts to fight the outbreak.

"A determined, infected traveler can evade the screening by masking the fever with ibuprofen," Republican Rep. Tim Murphy said during an opening statement at the Congressional hearing on Ebola. Recent news headlines have been equally fearful. "Ebola Is Coming," read the cover of Bloomberg Businesswe...

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