Delirious State Dept.?–Bring Non-Citizens to U.S. for Ebola Treatment?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on October 30, 2014

Sometimes you have to wonder if officials in the Obama administration spend as much time getting high as Obama did when he was in college and beyond. It is not enough that the CDC and the White House act more like the gang that could not shoot straight when it comes to protocols and mandatory vs. voluntary quarantines. Now, comes yet one more ill-advised policy under consideration. According to Fox News, a leading congressman is stating that the Obama administration is considering plans, based upon a State Department memo, to bring non-citizens infected with Ebola to U.S. for treatment.

The idea that non-citizens who are infected with the deadly disease would be brought into the United States via President Obama’s direction to administration officials is more than ill-advised, suggested Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The memo purpose states that there is a need to, “Come to an agreed State Department position on the extent to which non-U.S. citizens will be admitted to the United States for treatment of Ebola Virus Disease,” stated Fox News which obtained a copy of the memo.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte is warning that if the administration expands a policy of treating American Ebola patients who are brought back from the disease epicenter in West Africa, the nation would be put seriously at greater risk. He stated, “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,” reported Fox News.

The State Department memo further suggest that, “State and DHS devise a system for expeditious parole of Ebola-infected non-citizens into the United States as long as they are otherwise eligible for medical evacuation from the Ebola affected countries and for entry into the United States.”

Goodlatte ‘s office contacted both Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security as well as Secretary of State John Kerry to determine to what extent such plans have been developed, and has not yet received a response.

The rationale behind such a move by the administration has been cited by the memo as being based upon humanitarian and obligatory needs. It mentions that the nation has an “obligation” to help non-citizen employees of U.S. agencies and U.S.-based private firms who contract the deadly disease.

Even if this were the case, the hard reality is that there is a severe limit of Ebola treatment bed space available.

There are a myriad of questions that will need to be discussed by congress as well as the Obama administration, such as who will pay for the treatment and who will make the determination on who will be treated. Details are certain to follow, but imagine the clarity of any directive that comes out of the White House that deals with Ebola and how safe Americans are and who will be served. It will be as clear as mud.

So when the other shoe does finally drop concerning this policy, be prepared to see one more Ebola policy fumble on the American goal line. Two yard penalty for the Obama team’s “acting crackish” and being zoned out.



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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.