Some guy in the US State Department wrote up a "white-paper", which advocated the idea of bringing African Ebola patients.....into the US.....for treatment.
Yeah, you can sit there and wonder about this idea. What the State Department generally says is that they don't know of any such idea. There might be one single white-paper....written by some guy....in support of this process. There are 13,000 folks who work for the state department and it's possible that one single guy dreamed up this radical idea, and maybe four people have actually read the initial page.
How would this work? I would imagine that some big hub would be created in each country within the Ebola zone. That hub.....run by three or four thousand Army and Air Force personnel....would pick up identified patients....run them through a personalized check.....then push them onto a prioritized system. A special cargo plane would land with a container to quarantine them for the fourteen-hour flight.
My guess is that the stress of the flight would worsen their condition a fair bit, and if they were three or four days into the worst part of the episode.....a quarter of the folks would pass away within a day or two after arrival in the US. Our care wouldn't matter to those folks.
Thousands? I can only take a guess that the initial surge would mean a thousand people a week needing this transport. Maybe after six months....the numbers might finally retreating with the right mix of strategy and tactics.
The question becomes....for those who survive....would they willingly get back on the plane and fly back to Liberia? My humble guess is that most will ask to stay. In this willingness to help out these folks.....we will basically open up a Pandoras Box. Ten thousand? Maybe forty thousand Ebola survivors.....intent on staying?
For this reason, if any government idiots or White House idiots really support this type of idea....I'd go and do something radical. I'd find the most remote area of New Mexico.....in the midst of the desert, and make that the Ebola center for these folks. Then when they talk of immigrating or staying.....I'd have a law that basically says you have to stay in that rural and remote area of New Mexico for ten years before citizenship could occur, and you were forbidden from leaving the state of New Mexico....until you wrapped up that residency requirement.
I'm hoping that this is just a joke, or the work of a guy trying to impress his boss with new and creative ideas. It just isn't something you'd want to start.