Illegal aliens threaten U.S. medical system and Americans Health

Another problem with illegal immigration is from a health standpoint. Legal immigrants go through a medical exam. Illegal aliens bypass this screening process.

Though both political parties have been guilty in the area of illegal immigration,  Democrats have the worst record and have not only allowed but encourage massive illegal immigration into the US and use hate speech and lies against anyone who wants to stop it. Supporters of illegal immigration make many false and highly inflammatory accusations against opponents of illegal immigration. This hateful rhetoric stirs up violence.

Writing in the Spring, 2005 issue of Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Madeleine Pelner Cosman, Ph.D. reports on the devastating impact illegals are having on America’s health care system, especially in the southwest US.

Excepts from the article by Dr. Cosman:

    “The influx of illegal aliens has serious hidden medical gal aliens has serious hidden medical consequences. We judge reality primarily by what we see. But what we do not see can be more dangerous, more expensive, and more deadly than what is seen. (1)   What is unseen is their free medical care that has degraded and closed some of Americas finest emergency medical facilities, and caused hospital bankruptcies: 84 California hospitals are closing their doors. (3) Anchor babies born to illegal aliens instantly qualify as citizens for welfare benefits and have caused enormous rises in Medicaid costs and stipends under Supplemental Security Income and Disability Income.”(4, 5)

    “...Many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue, and Chagas disease.” (6, 7)  43 million lives are at risk in America because of lack of medical insurance. (8) What is unseen is that medical insurance does not equal medical care. Uninsured people receive medical care in hospital emergency departments (EDs) under the coercive Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985 (EMTALA), which obligates hospitals to treat the uninsured but does not pay for that care. Also unseen is the percentage of the uninsured who are illegal aliens. No one knows how many illegal aliens reside in America. If there are 10 million, they constitute nearly 25 percent of the uninsured. The percentage could be even higher.” 

EMTALA

      In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay. A patient is typically required to provide insurance and payment information before seeing a doctor. But, emergency departments are unique—anyone who has an emergency must be treated or stabilized, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. 

  But a large portion of the care provided by emergency physicians goes uncompensated and under-compensated, frequently leaving the doctors with unrecouped losses that add layers of complexity and resource constraints to an already difficult job.
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“The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) requires every ED to treat anyone who enters with an emergency, including cough, headache, hangnail, cardiac arrest, herniated lumbar disc, drug addiction, alcohol overdose, gunshot wound, automobile trauma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive infection, mental problem, or personality disorder.”

     “The definition of emergency is flexible and vague enough to include almost any condition. Any patient coming to a hospital ED requesting emergency care must be screened and treated until ready for discharge, or stabilized for transfer whether or not insured, documented, or able to pay.  A woman in labor must remain to deliver her child.”

     “The hospital must have specialists on call at all times for all departments that provide medical services and specialties within the hospital’s capabilities.  EMTALA is an unfunded federal mandate. Government imposes viciously stiff fines and penalties on any physician and any hospital refusing to treat any patient that a zealous prosecutor deems an emergency patient, even though the hospital or physician screened and declared the patients illness or injury non-emergency. (9, 10) But government pays neither hospital nor physician for treatments. In addition to the fiscal attack on medical facilities and personnel, EMTALA is a handy truncheon with which to pummel politically unpopular physicians by falsely accusing them of violating EMTALA.”

     “High-technology EDs have degenerated into free medical offices. Between 1993 and 2003, 60 California hospitals closed because half their services became unpaid. Another 24 California hospitals verge on closure. Even ambulances from Mexico come to American EDs with indigents because the drivers know that EMTALA requires accepting patients who come within 250 yards of a hospital.  That geographic limit has figured in many lawsuits.” (11)

     “Los Angeles County Trauma Care Network, built in 1983, was one of America’s finest emergency medical response organizations. Consisting of 22 hospitals, state-of-the-art equipment, superior emergency physicians, surgeons, specialists, nurses, technicians, it offered 365-day, round-the-clock emergency care for people suffering life-threatening car crashes, industrial accidents, urban crime, natural disasters such as earthquake and wildfire, or terrorism. Now most trauma hospitals have left the network, and so have many emergency physicians and surgeons. (12) EMTALA contributed to the Trauma Care Networks loss of focus and loss of money.” (13)

     “Illegal aliens perpetrate much violent crime, the results of which arrive at EDs. 14, 15 Dump and run patients, often requiring tracheotomy or thoracotomy for stab or gunshot wounds, are dropped on the hospital sidewalk or at the ED as the car speeds away. Usually such incidents are connected to drugs and gangs. Even if the hospital is not exclusively dedicated to trauma care, EMTALA still governs treatment.” (12)

    “While most people coming to EDs throughout the United States are not poor and have medical insurance, (16)  cities such as Los Angeles with large illegal alien populations, high crime, and powerful immigrant gangs are losing their hospitals to the ravages of unpaid care under EMTALA. In Los Angeles, 95 percent of outstanding homicide warrants are for illegal aliens, as are 66 percent of fugitive felony warrants. The notorious 18th Street Gang has 20,000 members, of whom 60 to 80 percent are illegal aliens, according to the California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles Police Department, respectively. The Lil Cycos Gang, notorious for murder, racketeering, and drugs in Los Angeles’s MacArthur Park, was thought to be 60 percent illegals in 2002, and the percentage is higher now. Francisco Martinez of the Mexican mafia ran the gang while imprisoned for felonious reentry after deportation.” (17)

    “Los Angeles Police Department Special Order 40, begun in 1979 by Chief Daryl Gates, prohibits police officers from initiating police action where the objective is to discover the alien status of a person.”  “Government welcomes illegal aliens by refusal to police our borders, by reluctance to prosecute people who violate basic American law, and by fervor to please those who abuse our generosity and cynically ply our compassion against us.” 

Anchor Babies

    “American hospitals welcome anchor babies. Illegal alien women come to the hospital in labor and drop their little anchors, each of whom pulls its illegal alien mother, father, and siblings into permanent residency simply by being born within our borders. (21, 22) Anchor babies are, and instantly qualify for public welfare aid. (23) Between 300,000 and 350,000 anchor babies annually become citizens because of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution...”

     “In 1994, 74,987 anchor babies in California hospital maternity units cost $215 million and constituted 36 percent of all Medi-Cal births. Now they account for substantially more than half.” 

     “Consider the story of one illustrative family to show how reality is the sum of the seen and the unseen. The Silverios from Stockton, California, are illegal aliens seen as hard-laboring fruit-pickers with family values. Cristobal Silverio came illegally from Oxtotilan, Mexico, in 1997 and brought his wife Felipa, plus three children aged 19, 12, and 8. (24) Felipa, mother of the bride Lourdes (age 19), gave birth to a new daughter, her anchor baby, named Flor. Flor was premature, spent three months in the neonatal incubator, and cost San Joaquin Hospital more than $300,000. Meanwhile, Lourdes plus her illegal alien husband produced their own anchor baby, Esmeralda. Grandma Felipa created a second anchor baby, Cristian.” 

     “Anchor babies are valuable. A disabled anchor baby is more valuable than a healthy one. The two Silverio anchor babies generate $1,000 per month in public welfare funding. Flor gets $600 per month for asthma. Healthy Cristian gets $400. Cristobal and Felipa last year earned $18,000 picking fruit. Flor and Cristian were paid $12,000 for being anchor babies. This illegal alien family's annual income tops $30,000.” 

    “Cristobal Silverio, when drunk one Saturday night, crashed his van. Though he had no auto insurance or driver’s license, and owed thousands of dollars, he easily bought another van. Stockton Police say that 44 percent of all hit and runs are by illegal aliens. (24) If Cris had been seriously injured, the EMTALA-associated entitlement would provide, as it did for the four-year rehabilitation of a quadriplegic neighbor illegal alien.”

    “Illegal aliens have translators, advocates, and middlemen supplied by immigrants civil rights groups or by Medicaid. (4, 30, 31) MediCal in 2003 had 760,000 illegal aliens, up from 2002 when there were 470,000. Supplemental Security Income is a non- means-tested federal grant of money and food stamps. People qualify easily. Scams, frauds, and cheats are rampant. In one clinic, 300 people diagnosed as mildly mentally retarded all had the same translator, same psychiatrist, same symptoms, and similar stipend. (4) Fraud is an equal-opportunity employer that flouts Americas generosity to the feeble, the crippled, and the poor. Illegal aliens have powerful legal facilitators who litigate and lobby for Open Borders and for welfare benefits for all who cross onto Americas soil. Open Borders proponents imperil Americas sovereignty by obliterating distinctions between legal immigrants and illegal aliens, and between American citizens and all other people of the hungry world.” (32)

    “Among the organizations directing illegal aliens into Americas medical systems are the Ford Foundation-funded Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the National Immigration Law Center; the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the American Bar Associations Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice, and Pro Bono; the Immigrant Legal Resource Center; the National Council of La Raza; George Soros’s Open Society Institute; the Migration Policy Institute; the National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights; and the Southern Poverty Law Center. And there are more.” (33, 34)

    “More than 500,000 mentally disabled children on psychotropic drugs for ADHD and ODD have incentives to bad, bizarre behavior. (31, 43, 44) Childrens disability stipends are called crazy money, for crazy behavior.” 

    “Drug addiction and alcoholism are classified as diseases and disabilities. Disability Code DA&A had in 1983 only 3,000 stipend recipients, but in 1994 exploded to 101,000. In 2003, between 250,000 and 400,000 got lump-sum grants of disability money via SSI. (45-50) When Linda Torres was arrested in Bakersfield, California, with about $8,500 in small bills in a sack, the police originally thought it was stolen money. (4) It was her SSI lump sum award for her disability: heroin addiction.” 

    “Immigrants on SSI, including legal aliens, refugees, and illegals with fraudulent Social Security cards, numbered a mere 127,900 aliens (3.3 percent of recipients) in 1982. (49, 51-53) By 1992 the numbers expanded to 601,430 entitled (10.9 percent of recipients). (4) In 2003, this figure was several million (about 25 percent of recipients).” 

    “The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) proudly announced that it garnered for immigrants expensive cancer treatments, prenatal care, and critical health services by means of its litigation. Sometimes NILC worked in collaboration with lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Though the 1996 Welfare Reform Legislation reduced all welfare payments to all recipients nationwide, NILC cleverly managed to restore to its constituency of legal and illegal immigrants: $12 billion in Supplemental Security Income, and more than $800 million in food stamps. (33, 34) For many illegal aliens, America is land of the victim and home of the entitled.” 

Contagious Diseases

    “When my grandfather came to America, he first kissed the ground of New York’s Ellis Island, then he stripped naked and coughed hard. Every legal immigrant before 1924 was examined for infectious diseases upon arrival and tested for tuberculosis. Anyone infected was shipped back to the old country. That was powerful incentive for each newcomer to make heroic efforts to appear healthy. Today, legal immigrants must demonstrate that they are free of communicable diseases and drug addiction to qualify for lawful permanent residency green cards. Illegal aliens simply cross our borders medically unexamined, hiding in their bodies any number of communicable diseases.” 

     “Many illegals who cross our borders have tuberculosis. That disease had largely disappeared from America, thanks to excellent hygiene and powerful modern drugs such as isoniazid and rifampin. (54) TBs swift, deadly return now is lethal for about 60 percent of those infected because of new Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).” (6)  

According to Cosman, Chagas disease is becoming increasingly common in America.  Chagas infects 18 million people annually in Latin America and causes 50,000 deaths.  No cure exists. Leprosy, a scourge in Biblical times is no longer a rarity in America.  In the past 3 years over 7,000 cases of leprosy have been diagnosed in the US.  In the previous 40 years, only 900 people were afflicted. (71, 72) Dengue fever was nearly unheard of in America, but is now showing up in the southwest US.  Polio and Malaria, once vanquished in America are reappearing in illegal immigrants.  

    Dr. Cosman recommends 4 steps that must be takin to rescue our health care system:
    1) Close America’s borders. Prevent illegal entry with fences, high-tech security devices, and troops re-deployed from Germany and South Korea. Deport illegal aliens.  Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a division of Detention and Removal dedicated to deportation.
    2)  Rescind the citizenship of anchor babies. We must overturn the misinterpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.   When the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified, its purpose was to assure rights of freedom and citizenship to newly emancipated Negro citizens. American Indians, however, were excluded from American citizenship because of their tribal jurisdiction. Also not subject to American jurisdiction were foreign visitors, ambassadors, consuls, and their babies born here. For citizenship, the person was required to submit to complete, exclusive American jurisdiction, owing allegiance to no other nation. (94)
    3)  Aiding and abetting illegal aliens is a crime. Punish it. This will anger devotees of illegal aliens who believe that the Constitution guarantees them civil rights that trump American administrative, civil, and criminal laws.(95)
    4) Grant no new amnesties. (96)  We must choose either to surrender medicine to illegal aliens, or to fight illegal aliens.(97, 98) Surrender to illegal aliens is surrender to collectivist America: land of moral ambiguity and home of pacifist appeasement. Fighting against illegal aliens is fighting for individualistic America: land of moral strength, and home of responsible liberty.

     As we fight to reclaim medicine, so we defend our nation.

 

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