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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Calls For Travel Ban From West Africa

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has called for a temporary ban on travel from countries in Africa affected by Ebola.

The Hagan campaign released the senator's statement Friday afternoon. In it Hagan calls for a temporary travel ban on non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa, and she calls on the President to take that step immediately.

This comes as a number of Democrats in the Senate have also called for flight restrictions. But Hagan is one of the first Democrats in a tight race to do so. As her statement points out, she has previously said that travel restrictions could be part of a broader policy to fight Ebola.

Hagan's opponent, state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, has already called for a travel ban.

But experts say travel bans generally don't work well. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday that a travel ban is not something that's being considered.

 

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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