Swine flu has been confirmed by laboratory tests in 1,516 patients in 22 countries, according to the WHO. Mexico has reported 942 cases, including 29 deaths, while the U.S. has 403 cases and two deaths.

Despite the increasing number of U.S. cases, President Obama is solidly against closing the U.S.-Mexico border to contain the outbreak, likening such a move to “closing the barn door after the horses are out.”

Former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado disagrees: “The problem is you cannot necessarily contain it, but what you’re trying to do is minimize the impact, of course, and reduce the number of people coming into the country with it.”

Tancredo believes the administration’s refusal to act is also indicative of a “desire on the part of many people to eliminate borders.”

“I know it sounds strange, but I assure you that there are people committed to a North American Union just like a European Union, where you have not just an economic arrangement – low tariffs or no tariffs – but you actually have a political arrangement like the European Parliament, which now collects taxes and passes laws.”

Tancredo spoke with Greg Corombos of Radio America/WND. The audio of the exchange is embedded here:

Tancredo, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, is also concerned about Obama’s plans for immigration “reform” and the popular president’s desire to facilitate “amnesty” for millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S.

“You have to admit, he is a cult leader and the cult will go with him anywhere he wants to go.

“You just don’t know about the size of the cult, how big it is, if it’s shrinking or growing, but he is a cult leader and you have to realize that he’s not just a political figure, he is truly a cult leader.”

And what does Tancredo think about a recent protest by college students that forced him to shut down his speech at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

“It says that the people who have always claimed to be for the right to free speech are anything but … they are total hypocrites.”

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