What’s the significance of today? You might think June 20th marks the summer solstice or even know that it’s International Surfing Day.
But neither of those are what’s special about today. The UN and our State Department have designated June 20th as world refugee day since 2000.
They are urging a celebration of ethnic diversity and there are events in 19 cities today to celebrate. New York, Wichita, Oakland and even Charlottesville, Virginia, are participating today.
Damping down the celebrations, however, is the news that six diseases that were recently near eradication are making a comeback in the United States. They are: tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, mumps, scarlet fever and Bubonic plague. In Memphis, we recently had our latest cases of measles, if you’ll recall. A previous story on this site described from Breitbart “Measles epidemic began at mosque” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/10/measles-outbreak-memphis-began-mosque/.
Breitbart writes today:
The near eradication of these diseases in the United States during the twentieth century was a remarkable accomplishment of American civilization. Until recently, most Americans believed these diseases were gone from our shores for good.
But a politicized public health system, and a rise in the subsidized migration into the United States, however, have combined to reverse a century of progress.
The number of foreign-born residents of the country has increased by 31 million in three decades, from 11 million in 1986 to 42 million in 2015. Immigration to the United States during this period has come from Middle Eastern, African, Asian, South American and Central American countries where all these diseases are prevalent. The extra 31 million have arrived in a number of ways: approximately 3 million are refugees, 11 million are illegal immigrants, and the remainder are legal immigrants, asylees, and parolees.
Happy international refugee day!