(CBS) Arizona lawmakers are calling on federal officials to keep an illegal immigrant with tuberculosis in their custody or deport him.
Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as Rep. Paul Gosar, AZ-District 4, and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-District 1, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana. [Click here to read the letter.]
Gosar's office said Pinal County Director of Public Health Thomas Schryer was notified this week that ICE is planning to release an illegal immigrant with drug-resistant tuberculosis into the Pinal County community.
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Schryer said there are about 35 cases of TB that go through the ICE facility in Florence each year and they are usually treated and then deported.
But Schryer said they have been unable to treat this immigrant's case.
He's been in the facility for the last seven months.