VP Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused

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Nearly 150,000 children and adults were expelled from the country after Pence’s order

Vice President Mike Pence in March directed the nation’s top disease control agency to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the U.S. borders, overruling the agency’s scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow the coronavirus, according to two former health officials. The action has so far caused nearly 150,000 children and adults to be expelled from the country.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks as White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows look on at a meeting with Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, in preparation for her confirmation hearing, on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

The top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doctor who oversees these types of orders had refused to comply with a Trump administration directive saying there was no valid public health reason to issue it, according to three people with direct knowledge of the doctor’s refusal.

So Pence intervened in early March. The…



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