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

Oct 18, 2014

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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.