A group of five Republican senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would restrict those who live in Ebola-stricken countries from traveling to the United States, while allowing exceptions for some aid workers and foreign military members.

People who live in countries designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having “widespread transmission of Ebola” would not be able to receive a visa to enter the United States, under the bill. Aid workers and foreign military authorized by the United States Agency for International Development and the Defense Department would be exempt. 

“To protect our security, we must stop Ebola at its source,” Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyCriminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot Capitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners, receptions during COVID-19 spike Congress ends its year under shadow of COVID-19 MORE (R-Iowa) said in a statement. “The best way to make this happen is to cease issuing visas or restricting entry to people from countries that are most impacted.”

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Grassley added that, “these countries simply don’t have the standards in place to properly screen travelers entering the United States.”

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Citing State Department figures, Grassley noted that the U.S. issued more than 6,300 visas to people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from March until September 27. Those three countries would meet the guidelines for a travel ban under the bill and have been battling the current Ebola outbreak since March. 

Residents would be able to receive visas 60 days after the CDC says the virus is no longer rampant in their home country.