Monday, April 6, 2015



Note: "At this time," & "a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis."
Also left out was the mention of dengue fever, wide spread just to the south of AZ.

Posted: Apr 06, 2015 4:39 PM MST
Updated: Apr 06, 2015 5:44 PM MST
Undocumented immigrant with TB will not be released from Pinal County detention facility
Reported By Allison Alexander
Written By Anthony Victor Reyes

FLORENCE - An undocumented immigrant who was being treated for tuberculosis will not be released from the Florence Detention Center after several officials expressed some concerns.

An ICE detention facility in Pinal County planned to release the detainee, who entered the U.S. illegally, because the agency had no legal reason to hold him.

Due to some concerns regarding the health of the children housed at the border last summer, Arizona Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, released a letter urging the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to reconsider releasing the immigrant.

The concerns were raised due to fear that the children housed at the border were carrying diseases like influenza, chickenpox, or tuberculosis.

Monday afternoon, ICE released the following statement:

"At this time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has no plans to release this person from custody," said O'Keefe ICE Public Affairs Officers Yasmeen Pitts. "The detainee remains at Florence Detention Center pending a decision by an immigration judge regarding any request for a bond and whether the detainee will remain in the U.S. or be removed."

The Pinal County director of public health said the detainee has been receiving treatment for the past seven months for


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