Judicial Watch reported on Thursday that the Obama administration is planning to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis.
The information is based on anonymous sources who have concerns about the legality of the program.
It is unclear who would bear the high costs of transporting and treating non-citizen Ebola patients. The plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.
One of the sources told Judicial Watch that the pending proposal could be illegal and that Obama will likely make an end run around Congress, as he has in the past.
The information has not been confirmed by the White House.
Obama said the following in his Weekly Address on Saturday.
Finally, we can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging. Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain. Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse. It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth. Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track.
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