Worried Americans have posted a petition at the White House calling for President Barack Obama to block travelers from Ebola-stricken countries.
“Have the FAA ban all incoming and outgoing flights to Ebola-stricken countries until the ebola outbreak is contained,” says the Oct. 1 petition.
The petition went up after officials working for Obama made clear that he doesn’t want to block travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, where the out-of-control contagious disease has already killed more than 3,300 people.
“We do not shut our borders to countries affected by #Ebola; didn’t w/ SARS or pandemic H1N1 flu,” said a tweeted Oct. 2 declaration from Tom Frieden, Obama’s chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The administration’s opposition to travel curbs reflects Obama’s progressive priorities, which tend to view the priorities of Americans as on par with the priorities of foreigners. For example, Obama has let 130,000 poor Central Americans migrants cross the southern border since last October, despite polls showing lopsided opposition to the migration.