Being a lifelong New Yorker, I was troubled recently when I saw people who appeared to be illegal applying for public pool passes at town hall. Notwithstanding an acute awareness of the health risks associated with the recent influx of illegal immigrants, it was quite off-putting to watch legal residents present every kind of proof of residency short of blood type while others carried only passports.
In case America needs to be reminded, currently MDR-TB, scabies, leprosy, Enterovirus, bacterial pneumonia, as well as other assorted health hazards are lurking on shopping cart handles, in restrooms, and all over the produce handled by low-wage illegal workers who now freely dwell and work among us.
In response to what I witnessed on the pool pass line, I felt it was my civic duty to place a phone call to my local councilman to inquire about the policy that allows illegals, who shouldn’t be in America in the first place, to swim in taxpayer-supported pools. My gripe was the sheer lunacy of allowing people, many of whom could quite possibly be carriers of the same deadly virus imported from Latin America that left dozens of American children dead and paralyzed last year, access to what might as well be an oversized Petri dish.
Xenophobe that some would accuse me of being, I was informed that if an illegal rents a home owned by an individual who pays taxes and shows up with proof of residence on a pool pass line, although the person producing the proof may be illegal, that person will still have access to the public pool.
So in other words, if ISIS manages to make it across the border and can come up with a telephone bill from a home whose owner pays taxes, at public pools across America there is a slight chance that the guy lurking around the Good Humor truck may have something more in his backpack than suntan lotion.
Aside from ISIS bloodying up the wading pool, just a few days after my frustrating telephone call to an equally frustrated Republican representative who informed me “all we can do is pray,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed my fears by issuing a warning that Cryptosporidium – the same parasite responsible for 90 outbreaks in 2011 and 2012 resulting in 1,788 illnesses, 95 hospitalizations, and one death – is managing to survive this summer in the treated water of America’s public pools.
What a surprise! Since 2011? That happens to be when the invasion of illegals really ratcheted up and unaccompanied minors were given an open invitation by Barack Obama to flood our borders and flout our immigration laws.
So, giving new meaning to “don’t swallow the pool water”, just as I predicted, a robust parasite endemic to developing countries has now taken up residence in our public pools. Just like illegal immigration apologists who forgot to mention that Enterovirus was imported from Latin America, the CDC also forgot to mention that Cryptosporidium, also known as “travelers’ diarrhea”, has likely migrated north in the fecal matter of those who crossed the border illegally from Mexico and are now cooling off in a public pool near you.
You’ve seen the signs that warn: “Persons currently having active diarrhea or who have had active diarrhea in the last fourteen days shall not be allowed to enter the pool water.”
Enforcing the “no diarrhea in the pool” rule would entail a screening process that would probably cut the number of applications for lifeguard positions in half. Besides, the swimmers who need to heed the chorro warning probably no pueden leer Inglés.
Meanwhile, one cannot say for sure that Cryptosporidium is in our pools because we’ve granted illegals access to public services. Then again, we cannot say for sure that it’s not. Wasn’t it just last summer that border officials warned of a looming infectious disease crisis that would be impossible to avoid as a result of the thousands of sick children, many of whom were suffering from diarrhea, crossing the border?
Granted, sick children swimming in public pools is worrisome, but in fairness to concerned public officials, there are politicians who are making a concerted effort on the national level to preserve the health and security of all our citizens.
According to the New York Post, even though being in America illegally doesn’t ban a person with scabies from splashing around in public New York City pools, “Smoking is already banned in public places, including bars and restaurants, workplaces, sports venues, and parks.”
And while the children of some of the illegals who rent from taxpayers are probably infecting New York City’s pools with Cryptosporidium, Mayor Bill de Blasio, via “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City”, is partnering with health groups to “pressure landlords” by paying them $9,000 each to ban smoking in apartment buildings.
In other words, to ensure the health of those illegals who contaminate the city’s public pools with deadly microbes that chlorine cannot kill, Mayor de Blasio plans to prohibit smoking in NYC apartment buildings where illegals currently live.
So, that’s the new America: on behalf of common good, the privacy rights of American citizens are restricted, while illegals are given free rein to negatively impact health and safety.