Indiana Congressman accused of "immigrant fear-mongering"

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (R) is being accused of "immigrant fear-mongering" after indirectly relating the Ebola scare to illegal immigration.

According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Rokita said that the issue of infection had come up during a conversation with fellow Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), who happens to also be a heart surgeon.

“He said, look, we need to know just from a public-health standpoint, with Ebola circulating and everything else – no, that’s my addition to it, not necessarily his – but he said we need to know the condition of these kids,” Rokita said, according to the Times.

This controversy comes after the scientific director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease made a powerful case over the weekend that there is no health crisis from immigrant children at the border.

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