November 17, 2005, - 10:54 am
By Debbie Schlussel
You’d think the government would want to keep safe those who try to keep our borders safe. But you would be wrong.
Customs and Border Protection Agents, inspecting foreigners at airports and land borders nationwide, tell me that the Federal government is providing Avian flu shots only to TSA screeners–not to them.
This is absurd. CBP agents at airports typically encounter passengers from several foreign flights a day, including flights from Asia. They handle and examine the aliens’ documents (and even their bags and belongings), which are carriers of all kinds of germs, including the Avian flu.
Why TSA screeners would receive these flu shots, when they are at far less risk, and the CBP agents are refused, is a mystery. CBP agents have far more contact with foreigners than do TSA employees. In fact, aliens are the vast majority of CBP contacts. Another mystery is where all the billions in Homeland Security tax money are going, if our government cannot afford shots for our agents who need them.
It’s a matter of our security against invasion by illegal aliens. And, yet again, the government and DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff (a/k/a “Mr. Burns”)–who is ultimately to blame for the lack of shots to CBP officers–are failing us.
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