An internal U.S. State Department memo, marked "sensitive but unclassified," outlines a controversial proposal to allow non-citizen Ebola patients into the U.S. for treatment, Fox News reports. A State Department official on Tuesday denied that there are any plans to carry out such a proposal.
The memo, made available online, states that the U.S. has an “obligation” to help treat non-citizen employees of U.S. agencies and private firms. The “recommendation” of the memo reads:
“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.”
The memo also states that the U.S. “needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis.” The “greatest stated impediment to persuading other countries to send medical teams to the Ebola-afflicted countries,” the memo continues, “has been the lack of assured medical evacuation and treatment for responders who may be infected with Ebola virus.”
A State Department official told Fox News that there are “absolutely no plans to MEDEVAC non-Americans who become ill from West Africa to the United States.”
"We have discussed allowing other countries to use our MEDEVAC capabilities to evacuate their own citizens to their home countries or third-countries, subject to reimbursement and availability. But we are not contemplating bringing them back to the U.S. for treatment,” the official added. "Allegations to the contrary are completely false."
For now, it appears that the apparent proposal never it made it further than being just that, a proposal.
Read the entire memo here.