Report: CDC Official Warned of Disease, Safety Threat Posed by ‘Unaccompanied Minors’

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A new Judicial Watch report reveals that the Centers for Disease Control warned government employees that the unaccompanied minors flooding across the border in recent years are carrying diseases, a claim dismissed by immigration activists.

“We might as well plan on many of the kids having TB,” reads a June 26, 2014 e-mail from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) environmental health scientist, Alaric C. Denton, to employees preparing to go to the border to deal with the influx.

“Most of these kids are not immunized, so we need to make sure all our staff are immunized,” Denton adds in the email, going on to note that “some of these kids are not really kids they are young adults, and we should be wary of personal safety.”

The conservative government watchdog group obtained the email after suing the Department of Health and Human Services for the records, some of the records the organization obtained were redacted.

In a separate email, Denton writes “I have put together a slide show on PPT for our deployers. I used a few lines to the CDC’s website for our deployers on the diseases that they will most likely see while down there (scabies, TB, lice).”

As Judicial Watch notes in its report, the “documents contradict the Obama administration’s public statements dismissing possible health and safety risks created by the tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)” apprehended illegally entering the U.S.

“This new batch of government records, part of an ongoing JW investigation into the UAC disaster, indicate the administration was well aware of the danger in allowing hordes of illegal immigrant youths to enter and stay in the U.S.” the group wrote in its report. “At the very least it flies in the face of the administration’s false narrative involving the key issues of health and safety surrounding the new arrivals which have been relocated throughout the nation.”


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