Recently, as you all are most likely aware, one person from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola in Texas. Just as Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and pushing it through on his own if he has to by the end of the year, it appears the sole Ebola patient in the U.S. may once again heat up the debate on immigration. People are asking why the Ebola patient was ever issued a visa to enter the U.S. and how many others carrying the Ebola virus were issued a visa. Some have suggested that the U.S. should simply close its borders to anyone from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. According to the Washington Post officials will be prosecuting the Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, for having lied on his airport exit screening form about whether he had come into contact with an Ebola patient when he had apparently helped to carry a sick woman infected with Ebola. People fear the spread of Ebola and will most likely push for tighter borders.
Due to the outbreak of the contagious Ebola virus, on August 15, 2014 USCIS released a statement advising that people currently residing in the U.S. from Ebola stricken countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone) may be able to obtain immigration relief such as extending their stay in the U.S. or expediting their petitions due to the outbreak of the contagious Ebola virus in their respective home countries.
What impact, if any, do you think the Ebola situation will have on immigration?