An internal memo circulated within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 shows the agency was well aware “many” illegal alien minors and “young adults” entering the US harbored communicable diseases.
In a memo obtained by government watchdog Judicial Watch following a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security over a Freedom of Information Act request, a high-level government official urged employees to assume a large number of detained Unaccompanied Children (UACs) at the southwest border had tuberculosis.
“We might as well plan on many of the kids having TB,” reads a redacted June 26, 2014 email from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) environmental health scientist Alaric C. Denton to Indian Health Service Industrial Hygiene and Safety Manager Brian Hroch.
Denton’s email also spoke to the “overwhelming” scope of the health efforts, as well as warned employees to be wary of “personal safety” as many UACs were not children, but “young adults.”
“Victoria brought up a good point about the screening process for this event, but I can’t imagine not being overwhelmed pretty quickly and the screening requirements being hard to keep up with,” Denton’s email says, adding, “Some of these kids are not really kids they are young adults, and we should be wary of personal safety.”
Another email showed other diseases, such as scabies and lice, were also a concern.
“All, I have put together a slide show on PPT for our deployers. I used a few links to CDC’s website for our deployers on the diseases that they will likely see while down there (scabies, TB, lice), I can flesh out all those I just didn’t want to make it too large to email.”
The memos prove CDC staff had knowledge of the safety risks posed to US citizens, yet the health warnings were never conveyed to the general public.
“Judicial Watch had to sue the CDC’s umbrella agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, (HHS) for the records,” writes the watchdog. “Though chunks have been redacted, the documents contradict the Obama administration’s public statements dismissing possible health and safety risks created by the tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) fleeing violence in Central America.”
National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera in early June 2014 confirmed several Border Patrol agents had contracted scabies and that quarantine areas were horrendously subpar.
Though they did not inform the public, in July 2014, Infowars first reported the CDC had indeed activated their Emergency Operations Center in response to the health crisis spurred by the surge of illegal immigrants.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement whistleblower speaking on the condition of anonymity also confirmed to Infowars in June 2014 that his facility also dealt with illegals harboring deadly, infectious illnesses.
“We do get our isolated cases of people with tuberculosis,” the agent, who works at a South Texas detention facility, told Infowars. “There may be a couple that come through that admit to having a communicable disease, but really we don’t check for communicable diseases, that’s not part of the screening process. Unless they tell us they’re sick, we have facilities for that.”