TB traveler update: CBP official retires amid uproar

We’ve been following this Washington Times story for a few weeks now: A Mexican man infected with a particularly nasty form of tuberculosis crossed the border at least 76 times, flew on aircraft, and met with people here in the US on business. Now comes word that a TSA CBP official who figures into the story has announced his retirement.

The federal official in charge of the El Paso border crossing — where a Mexican national with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis was allowed to enter the U.S. 76 times since August 2006 — has announced his retirement.

Luis Garcia, director of field operations in El Paso, said his retirment is not related to a Senate inquiry as to how Amado Isidro Armendariz Amaya traveled more than 20 times into the U.S. after his illness was discovered by health authorities on April 16.

He announced his retirement last week; it takes effect next week. A few senators are calling for an investigation into how the man was able to cross the border so many times after an alert was put out to be on the lookout for him.

Our previous posts on the TB traveler are here and here.