Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Introduces Bill to Protect Local Zoning Decisions from New Obama Regulation

2015/04/23

For Immediate Release

Date: April 23, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act which would prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from implementing a new regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH):

“The calling card of the Obama Administration has been to use overreaching executive mandates and regulations to force American families, businesses and consumers into complying with its far-left, utopian ideology. The AFFH rule, soon to be implemented by HUD, is no different. AFFH is another top-down, social engineering experiment concocted by bureaucrats in Washington D.C. that attempts to federalize local zoning decisions.

“Similar to other big government policies from this administration, the flawed AFFH regulation will result in more harm than good by way of increased taxes, depressed property values and further harm to impoverished communities. This is extortion and the Obama Administration should not be mandating that millions of dollars in grant money for local communities be dependent on turning over local zoning decisions to the federal government.

“Local zoning decisions have traditionally been, and should always be, made by local communities and municipalities. American citizens should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to neighborhood engineering and gerrymandering at the behest of an overreaching federal government.”

Background

The full text of the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act can be found HERE.

Rep. Gosar’s legislation rejects HUD’s overreach by requiring a withdrawal of the AFFH Rule and the Assessment Tool used to implement the rule. Furthermore, the bill includes an important federalism provision that requires HUD to consult with local governments and local communities for the purposes of furthering the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by means other than top-down federal regulations.

On January 10, 2015, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs received HUD’s final AFFH rule and this overreaching new directive will likely be implemented in the very near future. Communities that reject this overreach will lose out on millions of dollars annually. The damage to local communities that will result from the AFFH rule is well documented and further evidenced in publications about the regulation including the PAHRA Monitor , Investor’s Business Daily and the New York Daily.

In the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives successfully approved Congressman Gosar’s amendment prohibiting HUD from implementing its proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. The amendment was successfully attached to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 but was not included the final version signed into law. This amendment was supported by Heritage and Americans for Limited Government. Click HERE to read more about this effort.

Congressman Gosar wrote and op-ed for Investor’s Business Daily titled Latest Federal Mandate On 'Fair Housing' Is Anything But, which can be read HERE.

Cosponsors of H.R. 1995 that support the Gosar legislation include: Reps. Brian Babin, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Bridenstine, Rick Crawford, Scott DesJarlais, John Duncan (TN), Stephen Fincher, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, Doug LaMalfa, Cynthia Lummis, Tom Massie, Tom McClintock, Ted Poe, Pete Sessions, Randy Weber, Lynn Westmoreland, Ted Yoho.

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Gosar Funding Rider Blocking EPA Water Grab Included in Final House Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

2015/04/22

For Immediate Release

Date: April 22, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2016 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which included Congressman Gosar’s language request prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from using any appropriated funds for the proposed “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule:

“I am very pleased to see my House colleagues on the Appropriations Committee accommodate my request, supported by 103 bipartisan members of Congress, to block all funding for the EPA’s proposed water grab. The House must utilize the power of the purse to stop the EPA from imposing devastating economic consequences for farmers, ranchers and small businesses throughout the country.

“Returning to regular order while using an open appropriations process is the key to reining in out-of-control federal spending as well as an overreaching executive branch. This critical aspect of our Constitutional checks and balances ensures that the will of the people is carried out and stops unelected bureaucrats from taking the law into their own hands.”

Background

The funding rider request that was made by Rep. Gosar and 103 other members of Congress to Chairmen Calvert and Simpson and Ranking Members McCollum and Kaptur of the House Appropriations Committee, can be found HERE. This language is also contained in H.R. 594.

On January 28, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which can be found HERE. This bill prohibits the EPA and U.S. Corps of Engineering from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing” the proposed rule and any successor document, or any substantially similar proposed rule or guidance.

On March 25, 2014, the EPA and the Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over nearly all areas with even the slightest of connections to water resources, including man-made conveyances.

According to a recent report by economist and University of California-Berkley faculty member Dr. David Sundling, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Water Act rule is rife with errors and lacks transparency. Dr. Sundling concluded that the miscalculations in the EPA’s analysis are so extensive that it should be rendered useless for determining the true costs of this proposed rule. His report underscores the need for EPA to withdraw the rule and complete a comprehensive and transparent economic review that complies with federal law.

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2015 Congressional Art Competition - Peoples Choice

2015/04/21


Rep. Gosar Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency of Environmental Compliance Costs

2015/04/16

For Immediate Release

Date: April 16, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 1869, the Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act, which requires federal agencies active in the wholesale power business to disclose the costs of environmental compliance to their customers:

“Federal projects like the Hoover Dam have been producing affordable and reliable electricity for millions of customers for nearly 80 years. Hydropower is a clean and renewable source of energy that is carbon free and provides low-cost electricity. Unfortunately, in too many instances throughout the country extremist environmentalist policies are hindering renewable energy sources, like hydropower, and making them less affordable.

“For far too long, the high cost of burdensome federal environmental policies has been hidden from the public. American energy consumers deserve to know how much environmental policies are costing them on their electrical bills. We need to restore some balance and commonsense to this country. When empowered with all the relevant information and given a choice between extremist environmental policies and renewable energy sources, I am confident that Americans will play a bigger role in choosing the best course for our energy future.” 

In 2011, Colorado River Energy Distributors Association Executive Director Leslie James testified in support of similar legislation saying, “It is our understanding that this information is readily available and can be provided at little or no incremental cost to the agencies.”

The Arizona Westside Irrigation and Electrical Districts, an informal coalition of twelve agricultural districts, strongly supports this legislation stating, “The environmental compliance costs to operate those dams are significant, and because our districts are publicly-owned, the costs are borne directly by our customers - and your constituents.”

Joe Kay, representing the Grand Canyon State Electrical Cooperative Association Inc, lent his support to H.R. 1869 adding, “[Your legislation] will strengthen transparency and government management by providing electric co-op consumers with critical financial information related to the direct and indirect costs of federal agencies.”

Background

The full text of the Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act can be found HERE.

Rep. Gosar’s legislation does not repeal or change a single environmental law; it simply requires much needed transparency that is long overdue.

The fifteen original cosponsors that joined Rep. Gosar in introducing H.R. 1869 include: Reps. Mark Amodei, Rod Blum, John Duncan, Trent Franks, Walter Jones, Doug Lamborn, Mia Love, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Cynthia Lummis, Tom McClintock, Dan Newhouse, Randy Neugebauer, Steve Pearce, Chris Stewart and Ryan Zinke.

The Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act is endorsed by: the Colorado River Energy Distributors Association, Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, Arizona Westside Irrigation and Electrical Districts and Irrigation & Electrical Districts’ Association of Arizona and the Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona. 

Specifically, the Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act requires the agencies, known as the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), responsible for marketing and delivering power from federal projects like the Hoover Dam, to provide each customer a list of direct and indirect cost estimates associated with environmental compliance in their monthly electricity bills. Direct costs associated with compliance include costs related to environmental studies, capital, operations, maintenance, and staffing. Indirect costs would include forgone generation and replacement power costs.

Examples of costly environmental policies that drive up electricity costs include:

·        A 1996 new agency operating requirement cut hydropower generation at the Glen Canyon Dam by one-third and has cost customers more than $50 million annually.

·        Associated costs for environmental compliance for hydroelectric operations in the Pacific Northwest exceed more than $500 million annually.

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Rep. Gosar, Sen. McCain Take Stand for Prescott Veterans

2015/04/16

For Immediate Release

Date: April 16, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after sending a letter with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to Major General Robert M. Worley II, USAF (Ret.), Director of the Education Service at the Veterans Benefit Administration, seeking an explanation regarding the Administration’s recent suspension of enrollment certifications for veteran students who were accepted into, but not already enrolled in, the aviation programs at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona:

“While proper oversight of, and compliance with, VA programs is more important than ever, the recent decision to suspend the aviation program at Yavapai College may have unfairly put some veteran students on the chopping block. There are veterans who were accepted to this program and uprooted their lives to move to Prescott under the assumption that they were going to pursue an aviation degree. If there are veterans being punished through no fault of their own, then it is the responsibility of the VA to clearly justify its rationale and explain how this decision serves the best interests of our nation’s heroes.”

Background:

The joint letter to Director of the Education Service at the Veterans Benefit Administration can be found HERE.

In March of this year, Yavapai College sent acceptance letters to over 30 students, mostly veterans, into their aviation programs.  Following their acceptance, the VA sent the College a letter dated March 24, 2015, which ordered the College to suspend “enrollment certifications for VA students not already enrolled” in two of its aviation concentration options due to compliance issues with 38 CFR 21.4201, otherwise known as the 85-15 rule. This rule states that 15 % of the students in the program must be civilians, only 85% can be veterans receiving benefits from the G.I. Bill.

The letter from March 25th was the first time the College was informed that the VA would be separating the College’s Airline Operations and Helicopter Operations concentrations from the other aviation concentrations to determine compliance with the 85-15 rule, which has led to this compliance issue.

The local Prescott newspaper, the Daily Courier, reported that numerous veterans had made major financial and career decisions based on their acceptance into the aviation program.

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Following Congressional Pressure, U.S. Forest Service Withdraws Overreaching Groundwater Directive

2015/04/14

For Immediate Release

Date: April 14, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon announced the decision to permanently withdraw the Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management (Groundwater Directive) during today’s House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans:

“Attempted water grabs by federal agencies during the Obama Administration have been atrocious. Whether it is Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), the Ground Water Service Directive, or the ski area water rights permitting conditions, the federal government has attempted an all-out assault to take control of precious water resources that have traditionally been managed by states or private ownership.

“Even worse, the manner in which these misguided regulations have been proposed completely ignored any input from the relevant stakeholders and state water managers. These attempted water grabs threaten to undermine the successful relationships previously developed between state and federal officials.

“While I am pleased to see the U.S. Forest Service back away from its unnecessary and overreaching groundwater directive, I will remain vigilant against any further attempts to override state water laws and extort private water rights.”

Background

The Groundwater Directive would initiate the Forest Service’s authority over state-managed groundwater resources claiming that surface water and groundwater is “hydraulically interconnected” and that the agency could object to state-regulated projects on “adjacent” land that purportedly harm groundwater.

Congressman Gosar and 42 lawmakers previously sent a letter on June 24, 2014, to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warning that the U.S. Forest Service’s recently proposed Groundwater Resource Management Directive will restrict access to public lands and interfere with state and private water rights. They also urged withdrawing the directive at that time. That letter can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Joins Chairman Shuster in Introducing New Bill to Stop EPA's Water Grab

2015/04/13

For Immediate Release

Date: April 13, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after joining the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster (PA-09)  in introducing the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act:

“I applaud Chairman Shuster’s leadership and I'm proud to join him in introducing legislation that will protect precious water resources for millions of Americans from an overreaching federal government. The blatant attempt by the Obama Administration to unilaterally expand their jurisdiction over more water through the WOTUS proposed rule violates not only previous Supreme Court rulings, but also undermines the federal-state partnership that has been incredibly successful to date.  

“This continued push to expand bureaucratic control over our water would be especially harmful for Arizona jobs and rural economies. This legislation builds on the momentum we were able to establish with my Regulatory Overreach Protection Act and formally requires the withdrawal of the proposed rule that was recently sent to OMB for review.

“It is unthinkable that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not consult with the people most impacted by this overreaching rule before offering such a sweeping proposal. Leaving states, local officials and local stakeholders out of the discussion is the primary reason WOTUS is so flawed. Americans can’t afford to let our precious water resources fall victim to the Obama Administration’s ever expanding and harmful big government takeover. I am pleased to see the Committee of jurisdiction taking action to address this overreach and I’m honored that the Chairman reached out and asked me to join this effort.”

Upon introducing the bill, Chairman Shuster added, “The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act will ensure the state and federal partnership remains strong and allows for a transparent rulemaking process in the future.”

Background

The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act will uphold the integrity of the federal-state partnership to regulate the Nation’s waters by preserving existing rights and responsibilities with respect to “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This legislation gives the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) 30 days to withdraw the current proposed rule that seeks to expand the “waters of the United States” definition under the Clean Water Act.

On January 28, 2015, Rep. Gosar introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This legislation has the support of 183 bipartisan cosponsors. Click HERE to read more about the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.  

Several similar provisions from H.R. 594, including a critical Federalism provision, were ultimately included in the Shuster-Gosar Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. The Federalism provision mandates that state, local officials and local stakeholders are intimately involved in the process moving forward.

More than 200 organizations have publicly declared their opposition to the proposed WOTUS rule.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is scheduled to consider the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act at a 10:00 AM markup this Wednesday, April 15th.

On March 25, 2014, the EPA and the Corps released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over nearly all areas with even the slightest of connections to water resources, including man-made conveyances.

On May 1, 2014, Rep. Gosar and 230 of his colleagues sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the EPA, and John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, urging them to withdraw the proposed rule. The full text of that letter can be found HERE.

On June 2, 2014, Congressman Gosar hosted a joint field hearing on EPA’s proposed rule in Phoenix, Arizona that was attended by four of his Congressional colleagues and 9 Arizona witnesses. Stefanie Smallhouse, testifying on behalf of the of the Arizona Farm Bureau said, “The newly proposed EPA rule for the Waters of the U.S. would be devastating to my family’s farming operation, as well as hundreds of others in agriculture in Arizona…This proposed rule is an economic disaster, and a dream killer for my kids. There is no way a family farm such as ours would be able to withstand the hefty fines which would be enforced as a result of this rule.”

Bob Lynch, testifying on behalf of the Irrigation and Electrical Districts’ Association of Arizona said, “The EPA and the Corps have driven a truck through Justice Kennedy’s opinion in Rapanos. According to them, everything is relevant, everything affects everything, and everything is jurisdictional… How many permits will the Central Arizona Project need? Will it have to treat the water before it stores it in Lake Pleasant? Before it releases it back into its system to deliver to cities, towns, industries and agriculture? And who will be able to afford it? Certainly not agriculture…This may be the biggest jurisdictional overreach that I have witnessed in 50 years of law practice. I hate to say it but the only people who come out ahead on this proposed rule will be lawyers.” More information about that joint field hearing can be found HERE.

Public comments on the proposed rule were accepted until November 2014. The agencies have stated they expect to issue a final rule this spring.

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Rep. Gosar Leads Charge to Terminate Secret Central American Amnesty Flight Program

2015/04/09

For Immediate Release

Date: April 9, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after circulating a letter among House colleagues for signature that is addressed to President Obama and other related agency heads demanding the immediate termination of the recently announced Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program:

“It is outrageous that the Obama Administration would secretly administer a new amnesty program that sends empty planes to Central America for the purposes of flying illegal immigrants into the U.S. The rollout, implementation and secrecy of this unauthorized program that will provide cash assistance, medical benefits and one-way flights to illegal immigrants from Central America to the U.S. are deeply troubling. Even more shocking, media reports indicate that parolees participating in the program could include felons and immigrants that were previously deported, and that the CAM program's costs are unknown to U.S. taxpayers and agency officials.

“This administration has made a mockery of our immigration system by operating secret amnesty programs behind closed doors that have not been authorized by Congress. It is the responsibility of Congress to make our immigration laws and authorize programs, not this ideologically driven, lawless administration. 

“Given our current national security threats and border crises, it is inexcusable that the administration would implement a new amnesty program that will incentivize further illegal immigration. As long as I am a member of Congress, I will never stand for the unconstitutional actions of this administration and will do everything in my power to permanently end any attempts to undermine the rule of law. I call on President Obama and his administration to immediately terminate CAM, and if they do not, then Congress must use the power of the purse to defund this amnesty flight program.” 

Background

Since December 1st, 2014, the Obama Administration has been operating a secret amnesty program that will fly illegal immigrants from Central American Countries to the U.S. The new Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program will provide cash, loans, help with travel and medical assistance to refugees participating in the program. Media reports further indicate that parolees participating in the program could include felons and immigrants that were previously deported. A March 31 invite-only conference call was the first opportunity to learn about this new program. Unfortunately, “only ‘friendly’ groups and individuals invited by the government were allowed to participate and the event was not open to the media.”

The CAM program will offer U.S. based parents with children under the age of 21 living in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the option to apply and bring their children to the United States free of charge.

Eligible parents are required to be at least 18 years old and be residing in the U.S. as a result of one of the following categories: Permanent Resident Status, or Temporary Protected Status, or Parolee, or Deferred Action, or Deferred Enforced departure or Withholding of Removal. Many of these parents are allowed to be in the U.S. as a direct result of President Obama’s previous executive amnesty policies.

Under the CAM program, applicants for parole are required to pay for their “travel arrangements and costs” as well as their “medical clearances and costs.” However, individuals that receive the more highly sought refugee status will receive cash assistance, loans as well as free travel and medical assistance.

Furthermore, the refugee process also allows for parents, spouses, same-sex partners who are not married and other family members to potentially come to the United States.

The State Department assured those on the [March 31st] conference call that applicants [will no longer] need to document a credible fear to qualify for the program because “we want to make sure this program is open to as many people as possible.”

The draft of Congressman Gosar’s letter addressed to President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson, Acting Director of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services can be found HERE.

The memo to the invite-only teleconference briefing on this program that was held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, can be found HERE.

According to this invitation, the CAM program began accepting applications from qualifying parents in on December 1, 2014.

 

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Rep. Gosar: Cautiously Optimistic about ICE Decision Not to Release Detained Illegal with Drug Resistant Tuberculosis into AZ Community

2015/04/07

For Immediate Release

Date: April 7, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after federal officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  put out a public statement following a request from Rep. Gosar and several Arizona colleagues demanding that a detained illegal immigrant with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis (TB), not be released into Pinal County Arizona:

“I applaud ICE for hearing the concerns of my colleagues and me and deciding against releasing an illegal immigrant with drug resistant tuberculosis into the Pinal County Community this week. I am cautiously optimistic as a result of ICE’s statements that officials are now planning to take appropriate steps to protect Arizonans from being exposed to this fatal, infectious disease. It is inconceivable that releasing an illegal immigrant that could cause a tuberculosis pandemic here in the U.S. would ever be considered as a possible option. I will continue to closely monitor this situation and will continue to do everything in my power to prevent illegal immigrants with deadly viruses from being let loose in our communities.”

Background

Last week, Pinal County Director of Public Health Thomas Schryer was notified that ICE was expected to release an illegal immigrant with drug resistant TB into the Pinal County Community. To read Director Schryer’s full letter raising concern about these potential actions click HERE.

On Friday April 3, 2015 Congressman Gosar was joined by Senators John McCainJeff Flake, and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in demanding that ICE not release an illegal immigrant with drug resistant tuberculosis into the Pinal County Community.

To read the full letter sent to Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña click HERE.

Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, ICE Public Affairs Officer/Spokesman, released the following statement on April 6, 2015: “At this time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has no plans to release this person from custody. Due to multiple previous repatriations, including a formal removal in 2013, the individual is an ICE enforcement priority. 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.

In order to protect this individual’s right to privacy, ICE is not releasing the person’s name.

On background (from ICE):

  • All detainees and facility employees who had contact with this individual - prior to the patient being placed in quarantine in ICE detention - have been tested for TB, with the preliminary results showing no transmission of TB.
  • ICE detainees receive timely and appropriate responses to all medical requests, and timely medical care.
  • Any detainee found to have a medical condition that requires follow-up treatment is scheduled for as many appointments as needed, including visits to outside medical providers or facilities.
  • ICE healthcare policy requires that all detainees receive an initial health screening immediately upon arrival at a facility to determine the appropriate medical, mental health, and/or dental treatment that is needed.
  • All detainees receive a chest X-ray within 12 hours of arrival to screen for tuberculosis during the intake process.

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Rep. Gosar Warns ICE Not to Release Illegal with Drug Resistant Tuberculosis into AZ Community

2015/04/03

For Immediate Release

Date: April 3, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after sending a letter with U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake as well as Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, urging Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña not to release an illegal immigrant with drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) into the Pinal County Community:

“I was alarmed when I was forwarded a letter written by Pinal County Director of Public Health Thomas Schryer indicating that the ICE Detention facility in Florence is planning on releasing an illegal immigrant with drug resistant tuberculosis into the Pinal County Community in the next couple days. I demand ICE and DHS rethink this awful decision and not release this dangerous individual. Such actions put our citizens at risk and will impose significant financial burdens on the County.   

“This illegal immigrant should remain in ICE’s custody or be immediately deported. There is no logical or legal justification for releasing this illegal into our communities and exposing our citizenry to a contagious and potentially lethal disease. If this irrational decision is being considered as result of one of President Obama’s amnesty orders, then this administration owns any deaths or illnesses, and all costs associated with releasing this disease-stricken individual.”

Background:    

This week, Pinal County Director of Public Health Thomas Schryer was notified that ICE was expected to release an illegal immigrant with drug resistant tuberculosis into the Pinal County Community. To read Director Schryer’s full letter raising concern about these potential actions click HERE.

To read the full letter from Rep. Gosar, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick click HERE.

The illegal of concern has reportedly has been receiving treatment and been detained in the Florence facility for the last 7 months.  

Director Schryer indicated in his letter that, “this is the first case where we have had an undocumented immigrant with active TB released to our community so clearly this is a change in policy that has a very real impact to our County…Each year we have approximately 35 cases of active TB that go through the ICE facility and until now they are routinely treated and deported.

Director Schryer also raised concerns about the potential costs of this action to the county stating, “when the ICE facility releases this individual he will be treated at the local tax payers’ expense.  We anticipate that this case will require housing and medical care for 18 to 24 months and will likely have a $200,000 impact to the County.”

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Congressman Paul A. Gosar, DDS hails from Prescott, Arizona and is serving his second term in Congress as the Representative from Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District.  As a health care provider and small business owner, Gosar is focused on bringing jobs back to the district, reforming health care, reining in government spending, and ensuring that the American people are involved in the solution making process.

Before being elected to Congress in 2010, Gosar owned his own dental practice in Flagstaff for twenty-five years.  His experience in Dentistry earned him the recognition of the Arizona Dental Association’s “Dentist of the Year,” and he was also inducted into the Arizona Dental Association’s Hall of Fame.  His experience in working to reform health care first came when he served as the President of the Arizona Dental Association and as the Vice-Chair of the American Dental Association Council on Governmental Affairs.

Whether Gosar is in Washington fighting for his constituents, or back home in Arizona listening to the people and working together to find solutions to the problems that face Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District, he remains committed to ushering in a new era of government that empowers individuals and reforms the bureaucratic procedures that stifle job creation and innovation.


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