A plan to bring Ebola-infected non-citizens into the U.S. has prompted denials by Obama administration officials.
An internal U.S. State Department memo obtained by several news outlets floated the idea of transporting individuals diagnosed with the Ebola virus to America for treatment.
According to CNN, the memo, which was marked sensitive but unclassified, “recommends that the two federal agencies come up with a system to admit into the United States non-citizens ‘as long as they are otherwise eligible for medical evacuation from the Ebola affected countries and for entry in the United States.'”
The memo also asserts that the “United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis,” the Washington Times reported.
A State Department representative indicated that there are “no plans” to bring Ebola victims into the country from Africa. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed that the memo in question was authored by a mid-level official and never reached the agency’s senior decision-makers.
Responding to the allegation, an unnamed State Department official also claimed that “[t]here are absolutely no plans to MEDEVAC non-Americans who become ill from West Africa to the United States. We have discussed allowing other countries to use our MEDEVAC capabilities to evacuate their own citizens to their home countries or third-countries, subject to reimbursement and availability. But we are not contemplating bringing them back to the U.S. for treatment,” Fox News reported.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte contacted Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about the alleged plan to evacuate Ebola patients to America, but apparently received no response.
Said Goodlate, “Members of the media, my office, have received confidential communications saying that those plans are being developed. This is simply a matter of common sense that if you are concerned about this problem spreading … we certainly shouldn’t be bringing in the patients.”
Last month, Judicial Watch claimed that “the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment… The plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola. One source tells us that the Obama administration is keeping this plan secret from Congress. The source is concerned that the proposal is illegal; endangers the public health and welfare; and should require the approval of Congress.”
In a recent situation report, the World Health Organization indicated that 236 healthcare workers involved in treating Ebola patients in West Africa have died. The overall total death toll in West African Ebola cases as of mid October is 4,484. About 10,000 persons have been infected with the virus.
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