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Undocumented immigrants and the import of infectious diseases: A real health security risk to the US?

George Mason University economics professor, Dr Walter Williams recently published an op-ed suggesting that illegal or undocumented immigrants are a source of infectious diseases in the country.

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Senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Amesh Adalja, MD responded to Dr Williams thesis with a countering op-ed.

So the question is, does the arrival of undocumented immigrants pose a real health security risk to the U.S. population? What do we know?

Dr Amesh Adalja joined me today to discuss this issue.

 

 

Walter Williams: Open borders would mean further spread of disease

Dr. Amesh A. Adalja: Undocumented immigrants, open borders are not an infectious disease risk

 

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