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Howard calls for HIV migrant ban

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posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 07:09 AM
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Howard calls for HIV migrant ban


news.bbc.co.uk

Australia should refuse to allow migrants or refugees with HIV to enter the country, Prime Minister John Howard has said.
Mr Howard said there may be special cases when an exemption could be considered but as a rule HIV-positive people should be denied entry.

Mr Howard was asked about the issue during a visit to Victoria state, which has seen a sharp rise in HIV cases.

Any ban for migrants with HIV/Aids would need a change in the federal law.

Mr Howard, on a visit to Melbourne, told a local radio station he wanted to seek more advice on the issue, but said his gut feeling was that HIV sufferers should not be allowed in to the country.

"My initial reaction is no," he said. "There may be some humanitarian considerations that could temper that in certain cases, but, prime facie - no."
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posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 07:09 AM
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Australia really must want to crackdown on migrants
guess after HIV if you have another form of disease you will be denied entry into downunder

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posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 09:46 AM
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It`s not really all that uncommon - quite a few states have immigration laws which require HIV testing, as well as TB testing as a requirement for getting anything more than a tourist visa.

FWIW, Japan and China both have cameras which sense body temperature at all points of entry. If you register as having a fever or a temperature anomaly, you`re pulled into quarantine.



posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 12:59 PM
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As bad as this seems at first glance, its not a bad idea. Why? People comming into the country with complex medical problems will quickly overwhelm the system. As many point out here in ATS, people already here in the US have issues getting and accessing healthcare. The total care of an new arrival HIV patient would pay for a huge immunzaztion program for cities etc.

Let fix our system first then we can absorb the sick from other countries.

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posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 02:02 PM
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Originally posted by FredT

Let fix our system first then we can absorb more countries.



Exactly. If we can't take care of ourselves, how are we going to take care of the others who come needing help?




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