Fox News obtained a State Department memo yesterday that reportedly reveals a plan to bring non-citizen Ebola patients into the U.S. for medical treatment. According to Fox, this "sensitive but unclassified" memo details a proposal to determine whether the U.S. should accept patients from Africa for specialized care.
The plan, apparently cleared at the highest levels of the State Department according to the procurer of the memo, Adam Housley, had been devised with the issue of state leadership in mind:
"The United States 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 the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis."
Word of this proposal follows news of Australia becoming the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa. These areas include Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.
Should the U.S. actively accept non-citizen Ebola patients for treatment? Or does Australia have the right idea in closing off its borders to carriers of the deadly disease?