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Borders, breaches bring concerns about our government processes

As the Statue of Liberty appeared on the horizon, the long road to my great-grandparents’ dream was near the end. However, below the Statue of Liberty was Ellis Island. It was here they had to present their paperwork, submit to a medical inspection, show they had financial wherewithal or a job, were checked for criminal activity, etc. before they were allowed to take that final boat ride to their dream.
In those days, we put the interests and safety of America and Americans ahead of the rest of the world. It ensured the America for which these immigrants dreamed would remain so.  
As time has passed, we have become more “caring” about others, letting down our guard. Getting into America amounts to walking across a border, or forgetting when your visa runs out. Medical inspections are seen as an unfair invasion into privacy.  
Last summer, some 60,000+ children walked across the border, many suffering from diseases not common in the U.S. After a cursory check, they were secretly dispersed throughout the country. More than 90 percent “missed” their court dates.
Now we are seeing a nationwide outbreak of Enterovirus D-68 respiratory disease that reportedly mutated into a more serious form, and for which there is no anti-virus. Is there a connection? According to Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, this is “most probably spreading the disease.”  
This is consistent with a July 2014 report from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General stating, “Many UAC (UnAccompanied Children) and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies.”
Then there is Ebola. It spreads like wildfire and once contracted, has a mortality rate of 50 percent+.  Over the past month, we have seen people arriving in the U.S. with this disease. Yet the government is unwilling to put restrictions on those entering from countries where Ebola is becoming epidemic. 
BusinessWeek wrote a scathing report in July noting how federal processes of funding vaccines have left us years behind in developing the vaccine. Seven agencies coordinate through a single Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Committee. Ebola funding, which started in 2005, was excluded from the 2009 stimulus, and internal government processes delayed development by four years. Then there were cultural conflicts which delayed testing and production, and the list goes on.   
Currently, there is no Ebola anti-virus available. Some are in production, but all supplies of ZMapp have been exhausted.
Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a private hospital, built special isolation units in preparation for such an event. They developed processes and protocols that were used to successfully treat two people infected with Ebola. Interestingly, nurses canceled vacation to be able to participate in this treatment. They were ready. What a difference.
As I read about the breaches in security used to protect our president and his family, and of the issues with VA, D-68, Ebola and others, I am concerned with the ability of our government’s bureaucracy to provide basic protection for Americans.  
I view these as systemic failures of government senior management. I know there are a lot of folks working hard on these issues. But, I wonder why we should feel comfortable entrusting our health care to these same government processes and relying on them.