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White House: Ebola Travel Ban Would Force Travelers Underground

White House: Ebola Travel Ban Would Force Travelers Underground

The Obama administration continues to resist the idea of a travel ban from West African countries to prevent more Ebola cases from reaching the United States.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters today that a travel ban or a visa ban would actually hurt the federal government’s ability to monitor travelers coming through airports.

During a special hearing on Ebola today, House Republicans repeatedly questioned officials whether a travel ban was even discussed at the White House.

House Speaker John Boehner endorsed a travel ban on Thursday.

A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow,” Boehner said in a statement.

However, Earnest stated that it was more important to keep transportation between the countries open, noting that only 150 people a day travel into the country.


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