No ban act| Letter

This is just for the record so you might consider the vote and co-sponsorship by Congressman Rick Larsen in the second district. The “No Ban Act,” introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and co-sponsored by 219 House Democrats, (April 18) would have prevented Trump from implementing a travel ban on China once the outbreak of the coronavirus spread past its origins of Wuhan, and would have allowed travelers from Wuhan to continue to arrive in the U.S. while the president received “guidance” from Congress.

The (partial travel ban-there are exceptions) from China and Iran was implemented on Jan. 31. In fairness, the no-ban act was perhaps in reaction to including African countries in the restrictions, but apparently it would have included lifting China travel restrictions as well.

At a press conference on Feb. 29 Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, praised “the original decision that was made by the president” to impose travel restrictions to and from China. “We prevented travel from China to the United States. “If we had not done that, we would have had many, many more cases right here that we would have to be dealing with.”

But not everyone agrees.

A modeling study published in Science magazine on March 6, concluded that “In areas affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), travel restrictions will only modestly impact the spread of the outbreak.”

Perhaps citizens might ask Larsen why he voted for this measure in one of his COVID-19 virtual town halls.

Philip Cook

Friday Harbor