The strain on America's health care system:
Thinking Obsolete? Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news
stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of
youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.
Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since
there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether, or
how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young
immigrants enter schools across the country.
agents, family members infected with diseases through illegal immigrant contact. KFOX14
obtained the July 30 report from the Office of the Inspector General, which states that Border Patrol
personnel at the Clint Station in El Paso County and Santa Teresa Station in Dona Ana County reported they were
potentially exposed to tuberculosis. The report also states: "DHS employees reported exposure to communicable
diseases and becoming sick on duty. For example, during a recent site visit to the Del Rio USBP Station and Del Rio Port
of Entry, CBP personnel reported contracting scabies, lice, and chicken pox. Two CBP officers reported that their children
were diagnosed with chicken pox within days of the CBP officer's contact with an unaccompanied minor who had chicken pox."
We Being Lied To? — Detainment Center At Artesia New Mexico Claims Lockdown Due To
Chicken Pox. A few days ago we shared the Washington Times story about a facility in
New Mexico being closed due to a Chicken Pox outbreak. [...] Is the Chicken Pox story a cover for
the more troublesome Tuberculosis outbreak? Is the New Mexico quarantine really because of Chicken
Pox? If so, why didn't they quarantine the facility as they began x-ray screening for the 89
active skin-test TB cases ?
illegal immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, report says. In two cases,
the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents' exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox,
according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities. The report, the first in a series, is based on
87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona and California
during July 1-16. "Many UAC and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses,
tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies," said the memorandum summarizing the report.
immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, report says. Unaccompanied
illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and
chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Securityís Office of Inspector General.
In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parentsí exposure to unaccompanied
children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities.
Struggling to Cope With Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border. The federal government is
so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can't provide basic medical
screening to all of the children before transporting them — often by air — to
longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.
is Recklessly Endangering the Entire Country by the Intentional Release of Communicable
Diseases. The Obama administration has pursued a policy of reckless endangerment by
allowing tens of thousands of illegal aliens to enter the United States in direct violation of our
sovereign immigration laws. It has been documented by the federal government that swine flu and
pneumonia outbreaks have been a result of this policy. Tuberculosis, hand-foot-and-mouth disease,
Chagas disease and chicken pox have been verified by US border patrol agents.
Outbreak on the Border.
The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura
County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial
streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis
at the base. The pneumonia cases and meningitis scare last weekend followed two cases of H1N1
swine flu among other child immigrants — one at the California base and another in Texas.
The virus caused a global pandemic in 2009, but officials said it is considered less dangerous than
the pneumonia and initially suspected meningitis outbreak that began over the past weekend.
Patrol Agent Hospitalized with Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant. A Border Patrol agent from the
Laredo, Texas, Sector has been hospitalized for seven days with bacterial pneumonia, which the agent contracted while
processing illegal immigrants, officials from National Border Patrol Council 2455 tell National Review Online.
Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of NBPC 2455, says the agent is expected to have chronic asthmatic symptoms for
life, according to information relayed by the agent.
Of Undocumented Minors Includes Pregnant Mothers. The thousands of undocumented minors
in U.S. detention facilities includes an unknown number of pregnant teenaged immigrants. The
pregnant minors have been moved into longer-term shelters operated by the Department of Health and
Human Services in order to provide federally funded health care. As many as 90,000 undocumented
minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are expected to enter the United States this year.
ready for a TB epidemic? Is stupidity or malevolence behind the policy of distributing
Central American illegal alien children around the country among the general population? The
question must be asked because alarming numbers of these unfortunates are carrying tuberculosis, a
lethal disease that had largely been eradicated from the United States.
America's Impending Tuberculosis Epidemic.
One of the things that changes you, when you become a parent, is the body of knowledge you acquire
to protect your spouse and children including things like knowledge of infectious diseases in public
schools. [...] In the 1920s TB was the eighth leading cause of death for children 1-to-4 years old.
Since then American public health has been so effective in preventing it that the USA no longer has
any "herd immunity" to TB. This "catch and release" illegal alien policy is horrible from the
infectious disease point of view in that phlegm or aerosolized sputum that are contaminated with
Mycobacterium tuberculosis are active biohazards that have long latent infection periods. This
makes "exposure" very easy.
Doctor: Previously-Deported Illegal Alien with Tuberculosis Ignored by Feds. Dr.
Elizabeth Lee Vliet — a preventive medicine physician and former Director of the Association of
American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) — has practices in Arizona and Texas. Vliet claimed that one
of her patients, whose name can not be disclosed for confidentiality reasons, called her with fears
that the TB-positive immigrant was putting other lives at risk. Vliet said her patient informed
her that ICE and DHS would not take the illegal immigrant — who was previously deported but
is now back in the U.S. — into custody.
Speaks Out Against Feds Silencing Medical Staff on Border. Early in July it was revealed that
doctors and nurses were allegedly threatened with arrest if they disclosed any information about the diseases
discovered in federal housing facilities for illegal immigrants. Many on the left have claimed that by
speaking out about their work at the facilities, medical personnel would be violating the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which "protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information."
Patrol personnel infected by illegal immigrant flood. Along with piteous pictures of children flooding
across our borders and being distributed across the country courtesy of US taxpayers come disease vectors. Maybe
flying them around to various parts of the country isn't the smartest idea.
The Editor says...
If the government intends to deport the unaccompanied children (with or without a hearing), then why are they being
distributed to the interior parts of the country? If 10,000 of us sneaked into Mexico, would we be flown to Mexico City?
Agent Contracts Scabies After Handling Undocumented Immigrants. A border patrol agent
was diagnosed with scabies after processing undocumented immigrants in Otay Mesa, California, the
agent's union representative said. Ronald Zermeno, health and safety director for the National
Border Control Council union, said the agent told him that he observed several people with open
sores while screening them in preparation to be released to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Scabies is caused by a mite that burrows into skin and lays eggs, causing an intense itching and rash,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sources Say TB Cases Being Found in Immigrants at TX Facilities. On Fox and Friends
this morning [7/7/2014], Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes revealed more tuberculosis infections
are being found at camps in Texas that are housing illegal immigrants. According to Starnes'
sources, at least three cases of tuberculosis were found at facility near Austin, while at least
four more cases were confirmed in teenagers at a refugee camp at Lackland Air Force Base. He
described the situation at Lackland as "far worse." The disease can spread quickly in tight
quarters. Starnes said it's unclear whether these infections are the drug-resistant type of TB, but
that strain is said to be common in Central America.
Illegal Aliens Who Exposed Border Patrol Agents to Scabies May Have Been Released into Population. Illegal
aliens presumed to have exposed border patrol agents in San Diego, California, to scabies may have been released into the
general population, according to a July 4 letter from Ronald Zermeno, director of Health and Safety of a local chapter
of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing Border Patrol agents.
Least Two 'Border Kids' Have Swine Flu. [Scroll down] But some of the fears being expressed were
more specific. Those were the ones that involved communicable diseases — leprosy,
tuberculosis, whooping cough, and the other usual suspects you often hear a lot about when you
write about immigration. We're talking about the kind of sicknesses that those of us who live in
the United States usually have the luxury of not having to think about — until the Third
World crashes the back gate. The worry was that these border kids from Central America were
either bringing in diseases, or contracting diseases while locked in unsanitary and overcrowded
holding cells, and then spreading them to other children and incarcerated youth. At least those
viruses could be somewhat contained. The real worry was those children who had — by
mid-June — already been relocated around the country, to unsuspecting communities as far
away as California and Pennsylvania? What then?
Illegal Immigration Bio-Warfare.
In Murrieta, [California,] over the last few months, over 500 illegal aliens a week are being
released into the general population, many of these people are children, without a medical
screening. Last weekend that number changed to 200 every 72 hours. They are being
shipped in from other areas around the country to our holding facility, where they do not have the
room to house these people, much less give them a proper processing above checking to see if these invaders
are known criminals.
Risk Of Diseases Brought By Migrants Not Being Taken Seriously. Earlier this week
Breitbart Texas reported on a confirmed case of the Swine Flu, or H1N1, at a facility for young
migrants in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet — an experienced physician and
nationally recognized speaker — told Breitbart Texas that the risks from such diseases
being brought over the border are being dramatically downplayed. Vliet said, "Many people are
trying to diminish the seriousness of this. They say, 'We have these diseases in the U.S.' Well
yes, we do, but they've been well controlled, we have good hygiene, and most of our parents keep
children home when they're sick." Most of the border minors are being kept in overcrowded facilities
ridden with poor hygiene; this is the ideal condition for a viral outbreak, according to Vliet.
Alien Flood Brings Killer Swine Flu Back into Texas. The federal government is reportedly now shipping 2,000 H1N1
vaccines to Lackland AFB to prevent an outbreak. By the way, Lackland AFB would be a terrible place for an outbreak to
occur. It's only where every single new Air Force recruit undergoes basic training. It's also where Air Force
officer candidates get trained. It's in San Antonio, Texas' second largest city, and a trade hub between Texas, Mexico
and the rest of the country.
Security Sec: Feds Screening Illegals For 'Contagious Diseases'. Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday that the federal government is screening illegal immigrant
children flooding across the United States-Mexico border for contagious diseases. Numerous doctors
have expressed concerns that the border crisis can lead to a public health crisis.
Immigration Center [is] a Magnet for Disease. A Border Patrol official says he's concerned
the medical screening at the Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, has grown so porous that a
new superbug will make its way into the United States through the station. Albert Spratte, the
sergeant-at-arms of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, says
the medical screening process involves separating people into one of three separate classifications.
If a person claims to be sick, he or she will see a doctor. If a person does not claim to be sick, but
an Emergency Medical Technician looks at the person and determines he or she has symptoms of some sort of
illness, that person will also see a doctor. But a person who does not claim to be ill or is not
displaying symptoms may or may not be seen.
Warn Of Looming Health Crisis Due To Flood Of Young Illegal Immigrants. In an
exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Dr. Jane Orient, an internal medicine specialist and the
Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), said that by
admitting these huge groups of children who come from countries where medical screenings are
minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and
viruses that the nation has not seen in years.
Crisis: Tuberculosis Spreading at Camps. Are the thousands of illegal immigrant kids
housed in detention facilities happy and well fed — or are they living in
disease-infested compounds shrouded in secrecy? Well, it depends on who you ask
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across
the southern border are remarkably healthy. It's a sentiment shared by BCFS — the
Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at
Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
The Editor says...
If the grubby little urchins from Central America are "remarkably healthy," then we in the United States are
wasting a lot of money every year on vaccinations.
Bedlam. Chaos. That summarizes the situation on America's southern frontier, as
well as Obama's freeing of almost 104,000 illegal-alien criminals last year. He clearly doesn't
[care] about shielding Americans from the public-health and public-safety dangers posed by those who breach
the border, including deadly felons now walking American streets. Waves of unaccompanied children are
washing over the border with growing intensity. And many are bearing dangerous diseases.
Illegals are heading into the general population, even after testing positive for tuberculosis.
Illegal Immigrants Pass Infestation To US Law Enforcement. Several U.S. Border Patrol
agents in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector have reportedly contracted scabies from contact with
detained illegal immigrants. According to a report by Action 4 News, about 10-15 percent of
apprehended illegal immigrants have scabies in the RVG area. "A lot of people [are] coming in with
the disease, and it seems to be spreading, not just within the McAllen station, but throughout the
Valley and to some of our agents," Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol
Council, told the local media outlet.
Spent $26.2 Million On Medicare Advantage For Illegal Immigrants. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
has improperly paid millions of dollars to Medicare Advantage organizations on behalf of illegal immigrants. In a new
report released Friday [4/25/2014], the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed
that for calendar years 2010 through 2012, CMS provided $26.2 million in improper payments to Medicare Advantage
organizations for 1,600 "unlawfully present beneficiaries" — or nearly $16,375 per illegal immigrant.
Do Liberals Care if
Third World Illnesses Infect Americans? The Biblical scourge of leprosy, a "slow-growing bacillus... parasite with a tropism
for peripheral nerves, skin, and mucous membranes... upper respiratory tract, anterior chamber of the eye, and the testes," is also within
our borders. In 2002, there were only 900 total cases of leprosy in the US. In the next three years there were 9,000, mostly in
states with the largest immigrant populations. [...] So, a word to the wise: the next time a French fry falls on the table in the food
court or the handle of a shopping cart is grabbed, remember that along with open borders and liberal politicians come diseases and various
deadly pathogens either formerly eradicated or never endemic to the US in the first place, are waiting for a new host, and you are nominated.
Undocumented immigrants to strain safety-net hospitals in
Connecticut. Undocumented immigrants are expected to make up a larger share of Connecticut's uninsured population next year,
putting "new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals" that provide emergency care to everyone, state and national health experts predict.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage options for legal immigrants, but those in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for Medicaid, even
if they are poor, or buy coverage at Access Health CT (the new insurance marketplace), even if they have cash. That means undocumented
residents without coverage will continue turning to local emergency departments for care at a time when Connecticut hospitals face the loss
of millions of dollars in federal and state subsidies to help defray the cost of uncompensated care.
Illegal Aliens Demand Free
Organ Transplants. Illegal immigrants have boldly demanded everything from civil rights in the U.S. to driver's licenses
and government benefits such as welfare and discounted tuition at public universities, so why stop there?
Child birth calls ring in from
border. San Diego Fire and Rescue crews were called to the San Ysidro border crossing for nearly 160 childbirth
emergencies in 2012 — one almost every other day. [...] There are no statistics on how many of the moms being rushed by
emergency crews to local hospitals are U.S. citizens, as federal laws prohibit emergency crews and hospital teams from asking.
Babies born under the circumstances are U.S. citizens as a birthright.
Centennial Man Calls
$7,000 Per Hour E.R. Bill 'Outlandish'. [Scroll down] Dr. Mark Earnest, a professor of medicine and health policy
with the University of Colorado, said families like the Josephs also face inflated bills to compensate for all the patients who pay
nothing. "If you've got 30 to 40 percent of the people who pay nothing, the people who do have some ability to pay
pay a lot more to cover the other guys." Earnest says estimates of the people who use ER services but cannot afford to pay
runs between 30 and 70 percent.
Arizona taxpayers pay for 53% of births.
Arizona taxpayers foot the bill for the delivery of more than half of all babies born here, a growing trend with a $200 million-plus annual price
tag that has caught state leaders off guard — even though the numbers have been rising for more than a decade.
law ignores illegal immigrants; hospitals may get stuck with the bill. Hospital leaders told The New York Times they're
wary of terms in the health care reform law that will eventually halve the amount of money they receive for caring for uninsured people
without addressing the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, most of them lacking insurance. Emergency
rooms are required to take in all patients, insured or uninsured, under a federal law signed by President Ronald Reagan.
Sneak across the border and get a free checkup!
Illegal Aliens Find Detention
in U.S. May Be Good for Their Health. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is touting the "quality" medical
care it provides for 15,000 illegal aliens who are housed at 21 detention facilities throughout the nation. "A detainee's
health care begins the moment they walk through the facility's doors," said Dr. Jon Krohmer, assistant director for ICE Health Service
Aliens, Endless Health Care Bills. An illegal alien just completed 12 surgeries and a record
374-day stay in a Fresno hospital. For him, it was "free" health care. But for taxpayers, the hospital
and patients who ultimately pay, it's another big bill.
$8.5 Million in ObamaCare Money to 25 Migrant Health Centers. The Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that it has awarded $28.8 million to 67 community
health centers with funds from the Obamacare health reform law. Of that $28.8 million,
"approximately $8.5 million will be used by 25 New Access Point awardees to target services
to migrant and seasonal farm workers," Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Spokeswoman
Judy Andrews told CNSNews.com. HRSA is a part of HHS.
Government Policies. [Scroll down] If you live on the Texas border, or in fact anywhere
in the Southwest, pay close attention to epidemics breaking out across the line. As of 2010, we may add
southern Florida to this list. In July 2010, the Centers for Disease Control released the results of a
study showing that up to 20% of the inhabitants of the Keys had been exposed to Dengue Fever, also known as
"bonebreak fever" for the pain it causes. Dengue is returning to endemic status in Texas after being
banished by DDT.
Whose responsibility is
the health care of illegal immigrants? Fifty-one people — nearly all illegal
immigrants — are facing a "life-or-death limbo" after a cash-strapped Atlanta charity hospital
decided it must stop providing them free kidney dialysis treatments that were costing the hospital (or
rather taxpayers) $50,000 per year.
"Myth" that Health Care Reform Won't Cover Illegal Aliens, Is Itself a Myth. Nowhere does
H.R. 3200 say that illegal aliens are ineligible to enroll in the proposed "public option." To the
contrary, Section 202 provides that "all individuals" are eligible for benefits offered through the
government exchange unless they are enrolled in another health insurance plan.
for Illegal Aliens. Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in
America — except those who break our immigration laws. Last week, the House Ways and Means
Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called "public
health insurance option." Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure.
about socialized medicine in general and
Obamacare in particular.
Lies and Stupidity About Health Care: Here's a quick profile of those who are uninsured.
Ten million of the uninsured are illegal immigrants — which, by the way, doesn't mean they don't
get health care. Walk into virtually any emergency room in California and illegal immigrants are the
bulk of the population. Education costs and health care costs for illegal immigrants compose between
16.4 percent and 20.5 percent of California's budget deficit.
California counties cut
healthcare to illegal immigrants. Forced to slash their budgets, some California counties are eliminating
nonemergency health services for illegal immigrants — a move that officials acknowledge could backfire
by shifting the financial burden to emergency rooms.
Study: Illegal immigrants' care
costs state $677 million. The state of Texas and local hospital districts spent an estimated
$677 million to provide health care to illegal immigrants in a year, a new study says. The survey,
issued by the Texas Jealth and Human Services Commission, said that most of the money —
$597 million — was spent by local hospital districts for the immigrants' care during the
state's fiscal year that ended on Aug. 31, 2007.
Immigrant case puts hospital in a bind.
A Wichita hospital is in a quandary — trying to find long-term care for a charity case involving a patient
who is an illegal immigrant. One local health provider says problems such as this could become more common
because of the growing number of illegal immigrants in Kansas.
The hospital usually admits about 40 people
a month. Patients typically stay about 25 days, said Billy Blasingame, the hospital's chief
executive. The patient, a middle-aged woman, has been at the hospital almost four months.
Births — At Your Expense. [A Mexican woman is] rushed to a south Texas hospital to
undergo a C-section — a $4,700 medical procedure that won't cost her a dime. She qualifies
for emergency Medicaid. She gave birth to a healthy, 8½ pound baby boy — born in
It's a "better" life
that American taxpayers help pay for. Take healthcare for
example — an estimated $1.1 billion per year for undocumented men, women and children,
according to the Rand Corporation.
This problem comes from North and South.
The United States and Canada share the longest unprotected border in the world, and Toronto's Globe and Mail has a story
illustrating why that is so dangerous: More than 100 Canadian women with high-risk pregnancies have been sent to
United States hospitals over the past year — in what a doctors' group attributes to the lack of a national birthing plan.
turned away in Tarrant. JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Tarrant County's
hospital district, has for several years told patients who live in the country illegally to
find non-emergency care elsewhere. Galveston's hospital district may soon join those
ranks when it comes to cancer care because it is unable to meet demand with limited state
may drop illegals' care. The University of Texas Medical Branch may stop offering cancer care
to indigent and undocumented immigrants in order to cut costs. The UTMB set aside about $12 million in
this year's $1.4 billion annual budget to treat indigent cancer patients, but that isn't enough to meet
demand, said Karen Sexton, vice president and CEO of hospitals and clinics at the medical branch.
'Border baby' boom strains South
Texas. First it was a trickle, now it's a flood. Rising numbers of undocumented
immigrants from Mexico and Central America are streaming into Texas to give birth, straining hospitals and
costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, health officials say.
allows lawsuit after illegal immigrant denied medical care dies. The family of a now-deceased
illegal immigrant who said he was denied medical care for cancer can sue the federal government for damages, a
federal judge ruled, calling the allegations "beyond cruel and unusual" punishment. Francisco Castaneda,
a Salvadoran immigrant, was denied a biopsy for a painful lesion for 11 months, despite the recommendation
of several doctors, according to government records cited by a judge.
Childbirth Is Top Emergency Medicaid Expense. The lion's share of Emergency Medicaid
expenditures in North Carolina covers undocumented immigrants' pregnancy and labor complications, a
trend that's probably occurring in other states, a new study found. The findings are one of
the first close-up looks at the health care needs of the growing numbers of immigrants in the
United States, and they appear to question the monetary costs of excluding undocumented immigrants
from routine health care, especially prenatal care.
Medi-Cal funds 100,000 illegal births. The
[California] Medi-Cal program is now paying for the delivery of about 100,000 children born to illegal
immigrants each year. Such births and related expenses account for more than $400 million of the
nearly $1 billion Medi-Cal spends annually on health care for undocumented people, covering everything
from pregnancy tests to postpartum checkups. The fact that children born here have a U.S. citizenship
"birthright" angers anti-illegal immigration groups.
Los Angeles Emergency Rooms are Full
of Illegal Immigrants. Sixty percent of the county's uninsured patients are not U.S.
citizens. More than half are here illegally. About 2 million undocumented aliens in
Los Angeles County alone are crowding emergency rooms because they can't afford to see a doctor.
Why Mexican Hospital Emergency Rooms
Aren't Swamped: Emergency rooms in American hospitals are being overwhelmed by
uninsured patients who don't pay for medical care. … A significant portion of these patients
are immigrants, often illegal aliens. The complicating factor is a law known as EMTALA
(Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985) which forbids emergency rooms from
refusing service to anyone, regardless of ability to pay.
Bush Administration Wants Flu Shots For Illegal
Immigrants. The Bush Administration has indicated it wants doctors, clinics, and hospitals to
provide flu immunizations to illegal immigrants. In an interview with KFOX-TV, Secretary of Health and
Human Services Michael Leavitt was asked if the federal government has any safeguards to prevent illegal
immigrants from catching the flu. Leavitt responded by saying doctors should give flu shots to "every
ER Overload. A
survey of the research available shows that uninsured illegal immigrants are an imponderable burden on our
nation's hospitals, in particular emergency rooms. As they are with respect to other statistics regarding
illegal immigration, the numbers on healthcare are startling. Calling them frightening would not overstate
the matter. But the figures that study after study disclose are also appalling for what they show about
the political elite's steadfast refusal to stop illegal immigration.
A Resurgence of Deadly
Diseases. Diseases once thought to be nearly eradicated in America, such as tuberculosis and
leprosy, are now rising as illegal immigrants bring their health problems to our country. Illegal
immigrants not only drain American healthcare resources but also present a new threat: diseases once
thought nearly erased from the American medical dictionary, as well as new ones never before seen, are
emerging across the country.
solution: The March 12 Washington Post Magazine profiled Daniel Rodriguez, an illegal
immigrant in the D.C. area. … The magazine describes Rodriguez cutting a 2-by-4 with a circular
saw and no protective gear. "He pushes the saw across the wood, its blade spinning inches from his
foot," the story reports. One miscalculation and he'll be in the hospital. Illegals tend to
gravitate toward dangerous jobs, and if they fall off a roof or saw off a toe, it's taxpayers who get
stuck with the medical bill.
unwanted import. Contagious diseases are entering the United States because
of immigrants, illegal aliens, refugees and travelers, and World Health Organization
officials say the worst could be yet to come. In addition to a list of imported
diseases that includes tuberculosis, sickle cell anemia, hepatitis B, measles and the
potentially deadly parasitic disease Chagas, officials fear what could happen if the
avian flu, which is flourishing among poultry in Southeast Asia, mutates so that it
is capable of human-to-human transmission through casual contact.
Effect Feared From Closures of Emergency Rooms. Los Angeles County, which has
lost six emergency rooms in a little over a year, is on the brink of a far more serious
problem, facing more closures that could jeopardize emergency care for tens of thousands of
residents, according to public officials and independent analysts.
Immigration Imports New, Unknown Diseases. Among the many benefits of
the mass immigration the Open Borders Lobby has invited into the country are the diseases
that would probably all but have vanished from American and Western society but for the
presence of Third World immigrants.
Medi-Cal pays for
over 100,000 births by undocumented women. More than 100,000 undocumented women each year bear
children in California with expenses paid by Medi-Cal, according to state reports. Such births and
related expenses account for more than $400 million of the nearly $1 billion that the program spends
annually on health care for illegal immigrants in California, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing state reports.
crisscrossed border with TB. A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of
tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the past year,
according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.
Immigrants and Health Care Reform. [Scroll down] I should point out that all of us already pay
the costs of health care for illegal immigrants — through emergency room visits, Emergency Medicaid,
hidden fees by hospitals, workplace safety incidents, and the like. This idea that we all aren't paying
for this one way or another is non-reality-based.
Freeloaders and the burden on the welfare system:
"Society's safety net" has become a hammock for many people, and some percentage of
the people who immigrate to the U.S. are only coming here for a free ride.
Prove You're Here
Legally Before Getting Gov't Services, Voters Say. Most voters in the United States want
stricter enforcement of immigration laws, and a vast majority say people should be required to prove they
are in the country legally before receiving any federal, state or local services, according to a new poll.
Poverty: My colleague Steve Camarota has published a look at welfare use by immigrant
families with children, and it's pretty dire. Fifty-seven percent of households headed by an
immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to
39 percent for native households with children (which is alarmingly high in itself). The highest
rates are for families headed by an immigrant from the Dominican Republic (82 percent using welfare)
and Mexico and Guatemala (75 percent). The states with the highest rates are Arizona, Texas,
California, and New York (61-62 percent) — which, unfortunately, are also the top states of
immigrant settlement. For immigrant households with four or more children, 81 percent are using
welfare, as are 80 percent of households with children that are headed by an immigrant without a high
away. Any child born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. He
or she is instantly eligible for panoply of social services, food stamps and other forms of aid. When
the child reaches the age of 21, he can petition to have his parents and siblings declared permanent
residents. The so-called "anchor baby" phenomenon is a hidden trap door beneath any guest worker
program, because a significant number of guest workers will have babies while in the United States and
will thus elude any effort to send them home.
Just Shut Up, Go Home, and Take Your Kid with
You. You would have thought the United States had committed some unforgivable crime against
humanity if you listened to the howls of rage emitting from a horde of liberals whining over the fate of an
illegal alien who played them for suckers. Her name is Elvira Arellano and whatever else she may be,
she's a master propagandist
School for Illegals: Time for a Supreme Court Review? [Scroll down] Chief Justice
Burger, with Justices Rehnquist, White, and O'Connor, responded with a vigorous dissent: "[i]llegal
aliens have no right whatever to be here, and the state may reasonably, and constitutionally, elect not to
provide them with governmental services at the expense of those who are lawfully in the state"; "the
constitution does not provide a cure for every social ill, nor does it vest judges with a mandate
to try to remedy every social problem."
Welfare to kids of illegals at
$276 million. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday
[4/25/2006] that he will tell Congress that close to 100,000 children of illegal immigrants in the county
collect $276 million in annual welfare benefits. … Antonovich said 98,703 children of 57,458
undocumented parents received Cal-WORKS welfare checks in January, or a total of 156,161 recipients.
Welfare Is the Real Problem, Not
Immigration. The idea of people sneaking into the country in order to soak the American taxpayer
provokes anger. To be fair, though, native-born Americans are already soaking the American taxpayer and
ought to provoke a similar anger. In fact, illegal immigrants account for only a tiny minority of those
currently on the welfare rolls. Those who run the gauntlet of fences, guards, and environmental hardships
to illegally enter the United States evince a measure of enterprise that would seem to make them unlikely to
seek out welfare benefits. An illegal immigrant arriving in America is more apt to avoid contact with
government authorities than to try to scam the system.
Immigration and the Welfare
State: More and more of my constituents are asking me when Congress will address
the problem of illegal immigration. The public correctly perceives that neither political
party has the courage to do what is necessary to prevent further erosion of both our border
security and our national identity. As a result, immigration may be the sleeper issue
that decides the 2008 presidential election. … Amnesty for illegal immigrants is not
the answer. Millions of people who broke the law by entering, staying, and working in
our country illegally should not be rewarded with a visa. Why should lawbreakers obtain
a free pass, while those seeking to immigrate legally face years of paperwork and long waits
for a visa?
the Mexico Raid on Our Social Security! RetireSafe Delivers 115,000 Petitions
Opposing Social Security for Illegal Immigrants from Mexico. "Social Security is
not a welfare program and it should not be turned into a foreign aid program," said
RetireSafe President Charles Hardin.
and the welfare state. Over the past four decades the educational level of new immigrants
has fallen steadily relative to that of native-born Americans …. Coupled with very high levels of
out-of-wedlock birthrates (among foreign-born Hispanics, for example, the rate is 42.3%), the current
illegal population fits the classic profile of a group that, if offered a ready route to citizenship,
will consume billions more in welfare benefits than they will contribute in taxes.
The Remains of a California
Day. [Scroll down] At noon, I drove into the local warehouse supermarket. When I checked out (and
I had written about such incidents like this a near decade ago in Mexifornia), the checker and the woman behind
me were trying to communicate in Spanish to instruct a young man and his wife (with four small children) about how to
use his food stamp card (an anachronism since they look more like ATM plastic).
Contrary To Amnesty Supporters,
Illegal Aliens Drain Social Security. A recent Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that voters
remain concerned about Social Security and whether the system can deliver what the government has promised.
According to the survey, 58% of U.S. voters lack confidence that the Social Security system will pay them their
future benefits. Advocates for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants like to claim that amnesty will
"save" Social Security. They also claim that dramatically increased immigration levels will safeguard our
retirements and those of our children because more people will pay into the system. Unfortunately, the
opposite is true.
in Massachusetts Favor Ban on Public Benefits For Illegal Immigrants. Seventy percent (70%) of
Massachusetts voters favor a proposal recently rejected by the state legislature that would stop illegal
immigrants from receiving public benefits. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that just 17%
oppose the proposal to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining access to public housing, unemployment benefits,
welfare or workers compensation. Thirteen percent (13%) more are not sure.
County welfare to children of illegal immigrants grows. Welfare payments to children of illegal
immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county
supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families. The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their
U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWorks welfare
program, according to county figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
to Obamacare. The Obama administration has unveiled its new Spanish-language website, Cuidadodesalud.gov,
as a companion to HealthCare.gov, to fully inform Americans about the new goodies in the Obamacare legislation
that the President signed into law in March.
Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare. Surprise, surprise; Census Bureau data reveals that
most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their
American-born anchor babies. ... Basically, the majority of households across the country benefitting from
publicly-funded welfare programs are headed by immigrants, both legal and illegal. States where
immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62%), Texas, California
and New York with 61% each and Pennsylvania (59%).
Illegal Immigrant Additional Child Tax Credit Fraud.
Illegal Immigrants otherwise known as Undocumented Workers are using an IRS Tax Loophole to take advantage of the Additional Child Tax Credit to obtain tax refunds.
This tax fraud is currently costing U.S. Taxpayers about 4 Billion dollars a year.
Hispanics perpetuate their own stereotypes.
Forget Immigration -- It's Big
Government Hispanic Voters Want. A mind-blowing 75 percent of Hispanics tell Pew they want bigger government with more services.
Contrast that with just 41 percent of the American public that says it wants bigger government with more services. This Hispanic love
affair with big government isn't a short-term result of the Great Recession. It isn't a temporary product of the first-generation poverty;
immigrants, legal or otherwise, have always struggled through in America. This affection for big government is uniquely cultural for Hispanics,
and so strongly embedded that it apparently persists for generations.
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