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A top Republican congressman claims the Obama administration is exploring plans to bring non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola to the United States for treatment.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that his office has received "information from within the administration" that these plans are being developed. So far, only American Ebola patients have been brought back to the U.S. for treatment from the disease epicenter in West Africa.
Goodlatte warned that expanding that policy could put the country at more risk.
"Members of the media, my office have received confidential communications saying that those plans are being developed," Goodlatte said Monday night.
"This is simply a matter of common sense that if you are concerned about this problem spreading -- and this is a deadly disease that we're even concerned about the great health care workers when they come back not spreading it -- we certainly shouldn't be bringing in the patients."
The chairman wrote a letter last week to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry asking whether such plans exist, but he says he has not gotten a response.
The details are sketchy, if such a plan even exists.
A Goodlatte aide told FoxNews.com that "someone in one of the agencies" contacted their office with the tip -- presumably, the plan would apply to non-U.S. residents. Who would pay for the transport and treatment is an open question.
In his letter last week, Goodlatte asked whether the administration is formulating such a plan, seeking details and communications among their employees.
The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch also reported, shortly before Goodlatte sent the letter, that the administration is "actively formulating" plans to bring Ebola patients into the U.S., with the specific goal of treating them "within the first days of diagnosis."
Goodlatte earlier had pushed the president to consider using his authority to impose a temporary ban on non-U.S. citizen travel to the United States from the three African countries hardest-hit by Ebola.
"We think, again, that's just plain common sense, a practical way to stop this disease from spreading," he said.
The Obama administration has pushed back on those calls, saying the most effective approach is to stop Ebola at its source in West Africa.
It's just not spreading fast enough like he planned. Come on, let's get that Ebola here people. Sneak them in if you have to. Do whatever it takes. Good grief!
Gohmert Appalled at Obama Administration’s Decision to Treat Non-U.S. Citizens with Ebola in the United States
Washington, Oct 29 |
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today concerning the breaking news that the Obama Administration is planning to treat non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola in the United States:
“According to what has been discovered from this administration, my concerns expressed in recent weeks that the Obama Administration had probably cut a deal with foreign leaders to let their Ebola patients come to the United States were apparently spot on. Completely ignoring the fatal nature of Ebola in horrible ways evidences the callous, wanton disregard for the American lives by President Obama and his appointees took an oath to protect. The evidence that the Obama administration is attempting to sneak foreign Ebola patients into the United States is electrifying since they have not even been able to say where the United States military that he sent to Africa could go if they get the Ebola virus.
One would think that it would be common sense not to bring infected patients across our border. In this administration, that kind of sense is extremely uncommon. When the President refused to put a travel ban in place in recent weeks, I knew there had to be an ulterior motive like a secret deal to put Americans involuntarily at risk by bringing in foreigners with the deadly disease. It turns out that I was correct. This outrage comes at a time when our valiant U.S. military will be forced to work amongst people who potentially are contagious.
The President said yesterday Americans are not a people defined by fear. That has been true for most of our history. However, when we have a President who refuses to take actions which most Americans know to be common sense protections for Americans at their embassies, in our military, at our borders, in our hospitals, from radical Islamic terrorists, from fatal diseases, and from a government spying on its own people, then Americans’ common sense says there is reason to be very concerned or even fearful.