Expert Warns Illegal Migration Puts US Food Supply at Risk

Experts are sounding the alarm that mass migration is exposing the United States’ food supply to diseases and parasites that could ultimately threaten national security. With over 9 million illegal border encounters since 2021, the normal safeguards for inspection have been largely ignored, increasing the likelihood of unwanted diseases being brought into the country.

Dr. Michael Vickers, a veterinarian with nearly 50 years of experience and a former member of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has pointed to past cases of tuberculosis (TB) transmitted from illegal immigrants to dairy cows in Texas as evidence of the growing threat to the food supply. He fears that it’s only a matter of time before U.S. agriculture experiences a catastrophic outbreak, with flesh-eating parasites potentially being the next major concern.

In recent years, thousands of Texas cattle have been slaughtered after contracting drug-resistant TB through contact with illegal aliens working in dairies. Two separate instances in the Texas Panhandle saw herds of 10,000 and 13,000 cattle infected with human strains of TB originating from outside the United States.

Under the Biden administration, rules meant to prevent disease-carrying individuals from entering the country have been sidelined, according to Ammon Blair, a border security advocate and former Border Patrol agent. He warns that illegal immigrants are being released into the United States without proper health screenings, potentially carrying multiple unchecked diseases.

Compounding these concerns is the resurgence of the New World screwworm in Central America, a region through which many migrants pass on their way to the U.S. border. Dr. Vickers fears that the screwworm, which caused devastating outbreaks in the past, could make its way into the United States once again.

Susan Kibbe, executive director of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association, shares these concerns, noting that a fever tick outbreak has already driven some ranchers out of business. She emphasizes the importance of food and energy independence, stating that any new disease or parasite outbreak could push more ranchers to the brink of financial ruin and endanger food security.

Large-scale agriculture operations are known for hiring illegal immigrants as cheap labor, further increasing the risk of disease transmission. Dr. Vickers worries that a large-scale outbreak would erode the nation’s already dwindling food supply, with cattle numbers across the country at a 75-year low and many farmers struggling to make ends meet.

As the Biden administration faces criticism for its stance on agriculture and its role in climate change, experts are calling for immediate action to address the growing threat of migrant-borne diseases to U.S. food security. Without proper screening measures and border control, the nation’s agricultural sector remains vulnerable to devastating outbreaks that could have far-reaching consequences for both the economy and national security.

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