Obama: "I Don't Have A Philosophical Objection, Necessarily, To A Travel Ban"

|

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I don't have a philosophical objection, necessarily, to a travel ban if that is the thing that is going to keep the American people safe. The problem is that ‒ in all the discussions that I’ve had thus far with experts in the field, experts in infectious disease… a travel ban is less effective than the measures that we are currently instituting...

If we institute a travel ban instead of the protocols that we've put in place now, history shows that there is a likelihood of increased avoidance. People do not readily disclose their information. They may engage in something called broken travel - essentially breaking up their trip so they can hide the fact that they have been to one of these countries where there is a disease in place. As a result we may end up getting less information about who has the disease, they are less likely to get treated properly, screened properly, quarantined properly and as a consequence we could end up having more cases rather than less.

Comment
Show commentsHide Comments

Latest Political Videos

Video Archives