The government watchdog group Judicial Watch
alleged Friday the Obama administration is formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.
The group, which cited one unidentified source, said the administration would aim to bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis, and that it’s not clear who’d pay either for the transportation or treatment.
The group alleged the plan for treatment includes special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease; Judicial Watch cited its source saying the administration has not told Congress about the plan.
“The source is concerned that the proposal is illegal; endangers the public health and welfare; and should require the approval of Congress,” Judicial Watch stated.
President Barack Obama has made it clear he opposes any travel bans to stop Ebola spreading from West Africa into the United States, noting Thursday “history shows that there is a likelihood of increased avoidance (that could lead to) more cases rather than less,” Fox News reports
“The problem is that — in all the discussions that I’ve had thus far with experts in the field, experts in infectious disease … a travel ban is less effective than the measures that we are currently instituting,” Obama said.
The United States has brought American citizens back for treatment of Ebola — including Dr. Kent Brantly
and a colleague who were working in Africa with Ebola patients, both recovered, and a freelance photojournalist
who is currently undergoing treatment. No non-U.S. citizens, though, have been brought here for treatment.
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