Judiciary Committee Chairman Demands Answers On Reported Plans to Bring Ebola-Stricken Non-Citizens to the U.S.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Demands Answers On Reported Plans to Bring Ebola-Stricken Non-Citizens to the U.S.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is demanding the Obama administration confirm or deny reports that it plans to admit non-citizens infected with Ebola into the United States for treatment. 

Late last week the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch published a report, that the press picked up, claiming that the Obama administration “is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.  Specifically, the goal of the administration is to bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis.”

Tuesday Goodlatte sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Department of State Secretary John Kerry seeking to uncover more about the report, including its validity. 

Last week Goodlatte and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy joined the chorus of voices calling on Obama to temporarily ban foreign nationals recently in Ebola-stricken countries from coming to the United States.

Read the letter:

Dear Secretaries Johnson and Kerry,

Press reports have indicated that the Administration is putting together a plan to allow non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola, to enter the United States for treatment.  Please provide answers to the following questions by October 25, 2014:

1.      Are either of your Departments formulating a plan to allow non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola to enter the U.S. to receive medical treatment?  If so, what are the details of the plan? 

2.      Have employees of either of your Departments engaged in conversations regarding a plan to allow non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola to enter the U.S. to receive medical treatment?

3.      Please provide me any and all written memos or other documentation written by employees of your Departments regarding the formulation of a plan to allow non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola to enter the U.S. to receive medical treatment.

Thank you in advance for your prompt response.


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