“We are seeing an alarming number of illegal aliens with criminal records for everything from homicides to rapes of children as young as three years of age,” states Jim Kouri, vice president and public information officer for the 14,000-member National Association of Chiefs of Police.
“The illegal immigration problem is allowing hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens to invade our nation and kill, maim, rob and abuse our citizens,” he said, adding the U.S. government had arrested more than 100,000 criminal aliens in a nine-month period.”
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Vital Signs: Timing of pandemic-flu concern tied to Katrina
the president said he recently read John Barry’s book, “The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History,” on his vacation, said Dr. Stephen S. Morse, a founding director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness, part of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
….Until now, pandemic preparedness has assumed a lower priority in the face of other problems such as the war in Iraq and hurricane relief, issues which “unlike influenza, are more easily understood by people, including policymakers,” he said. “There’s something more tangible about a storm or an earthquake or a war. We’re familiar with that, whereas we have these influenza pandemics only a few times a century.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working on a detailed pandemic plan set to be unveiled within the next few weeks.
…At the same time, the political delay in recognizing the potential problem is causing some to worry that the U.S. has lost valuable time in scaling up preparations.
The last pandemic flu swept through 37 years ago in 1968, and historically the lethal bugs have arrived every 27.5 years on average, said Dr. Klaus Stohr, who leads influenza activities for the World Health Organization