Apparently playing some kind of headline madlibs, Rep. Todd Rokita said that we should be careful about having the Central American immigrant kids in the U.S. because they might have the ebola.
He’s not wrong that we should be conscious of the health status of people entering the U.S., but with this, he’s just looking for excuses to hate on President Obama’s immigration policies in a way that will maybe rile up his supporters. I guess with ebola also in the news, it seemed ripe for a mash up with the immigration issue.
No human Ebola illness ever has been contracted in the Western Hemisphere and none of the 30,340 unaccompanied minors released this year to relatives or sponsors, including the 245 children placed in Indiana homes, have Ebola, according to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Rep. Rokita also opined that, if the kids are settled with relatives in Indiana, they’ll go to school and our property taxes will go up.
Classroom instruction in Indiana schools mainly is funded by state sales and income taxes, not local property taxes.