Florida Calls for Ebola Travel Ban
Florida’s two top elected officials, Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democrat Senator Bill Nelson have called for travel bans to the U.S. from Ebola afflicted nations.
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The Sunshine State is heavily dependent on U.S. tourism as well as international tourism and trade to sustain its economy.
Nelson made his call for an Ebola travel in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and a statement released on Tuesday.
“Dear Secretary Kerry:
“I have reviewed the administration’s comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus and I support the national-security and public-health efforts in this regard.
“It would seem that another means of reducing the chances of exposure to the virus here at home would be to temporarily suspend unnecessary travel to the United States under existing visas and the issuance of new visas for citizens of countries that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies as areas with high rates of infections…”
Scott made his call for an Ebola travel ban on Wednesday. He participated in a White House conference call on Ebola preparations as reported by Sunshine State News.
“As to the discussion on international travel restrictions, I agree with Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Bobby Jindal that the White House needs to look at certain restrictions on travel from countries battling Ebola to keep Americans safe,” Scott said. “This is not a partisan decision. It is a common-sense decision. I assume the administration is doing everything they can to secure our country and combat the spread of this disease. That is what we are doing in Florida and I assume they are taking the same steps at the federal level.”