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Rep. Goodlatte: WH Silent on Flying Ebola Patients Into US

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 27 Oct 2014 10:19 PM

The Obama administration has not answered questions about whether it plans to bring Ebola patients from other countries into the United States for treatment, says House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

The Virginia Republican wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday asking about the plan, saying he had heard about it in press reports and from inside the White House.

"There's increasing evidence they're making those plans," Goodlatte said Monday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."

When asked how he was made aware of the plans, Goodlatte responded, "We received information from within the administration."

Goodlatte called it "a matter of common sense" that if health officials are concerned about doctors and nurses spreading the deadly virus when they come back from treating patients in west Africa, "we certainly shouldn't be bringing in the patients to compound the problem."

Despite giving Kerry and Johnson an Oct. 25 deadline to respond, Goodlatte told host Megyn Kelly on Monday that he has received no response from the administration.

He said he also has received no response from an earlier letter that he and Immigration and House Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy sent to President Barack Obama telling him he has authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose a temporary ban on non-citizens from the affected countries and on other foreigners who have visited those countries in the past 30 days.

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