Homeland Security silent on TB carrier’s multiple U.S. entries

By Sara A. Carter

The Senate Homeland Security Chairman urged the Department of Homeland Security to provide answers to questions submitted three months ago regarding the multiple entries of a Mexican national carrying a dangerous strain of tuberculosis.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, and ranking member Susan Collins, Maine Republican, requested information from DHS in October pertaining to Amado Isidro Armendariz Amaya, a Mexican national carrying the highly contagious multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

DHS has failed to deliver the information requested, the senators said.
The Washington Times originally disclosed documents in October showing that Mr. Armendariz Amaya, a businessman from Juarez, Mexico, crossed the U.S. border repeatedly and took multiple domestic flights last year, despite knowledge by Homeland Security officials that he was infected.

“On October 30, 2007, we sent you a letter requesting specific information regarding the case of Mr. Armendariz Amaya and the circumstances that allowed his continued entry into the country,” Mr. Lieberman’s letter stated. “In our letter, we requested that you provide the Committee with a copy of any after-action report conducted on this matter by the Department. We did not receive a copy of an after-action report as part of your reply to our letter. We urge you to provide us a copy of any such report or indicate that none was prepared.”

http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080125/NATION/864269127/1001

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