The surge in congenital syphilis cases challenges the CDC’s claim that racism is the primary cause, as the numbers sharply increased regardless of racial disparities. In 2022 alone, cases rose to 3,700, leading to 51 deaths and 231 stillbirths. This alarming trend prompts a critical examination of the factors contributing to the epidemic.
Simultaneously, the escalating number of illegal encounters at the southern border further compounds the challenges. Border Patrol reported over 547,000 encounters in less than three months into fiscal year 2024, surpassing any previous records before President Joe Biden took office. The gravity of the situation has sparked strong reactions, with calls for shutting down the border to address both the health crisis and the issues of national security and sovereignty.
Amidst these concerns, political figures like Matt Gaetz are taking a bold stand, advocating for drastic measures. Gaetz’s call to “Shut Down the Border or We Shut Down the Government” reflects the intensity of the situation, with lawmakers contemplating extreme actions to address the multifaceted challenges posed by the border crisis.