Illegals' Crime, Drugs, Health
Care, Education Costs Staggering

By Linda Bentley

PHOENIX Ð Television and radio stations began running ads in the Valley last week, paid for by the Coalition United to Secure America, attributing the 45 percent increase in homicides and 41 percent increase in home invasions to illegal immigration. Phoenix Police Department reports confirm those figures and Sgt. Tony Morales believes there is no doubt that the statistics are tied to illegal immigration. However, news reports about the ads have brought out comments from Rep. Steve Gallardo, DÐDist. 13, who was quick to claim the ads were using scare tactics to promote a racist agenda.
They forgot that adjective ... again
Actually, the ads were using facts to provide information to the public and were too short to paint the entire picture. The news media in reporting about the stir the ads have caused, mentioned Protect Arizona Now (PAN), once again dubbing it an Òanti-immigrantÓ group. PAN Director Kathy McKee said she finds it tiresome trying to explain that there is a difference between immigration and illegal immigration. Because PAN supporters are opposed to illegal immigration, illegally registering to vote, illegally voting, illegally collecting benefits, or any other illegal activities, McKee asks how that became racist and misconstrued to be some sort of Òanti-immigrantÓ sentiment. PAN supporter Rusty Childress and others have written letters to the editor of various news media to explain that distinction, to no avail. Use of the phrase Òanti-immigrant,Ó as opposed to Òanti-illegal immigration,Ó to describe PANÕs position, appears to have become an editorial policy embraced by mainstream news media from coast to coast ... a policy that seems to also promote the racist sentiments of illegal immigration and amnesty advocacy groups.
Arizona ranks third in country in identity theft
But, the numbers donÕt lie. Looking at the crime statistics provided by the Phoenix Police Department for the first three quarters of 2003 (all that is available at this time), compared to the same period in 2002, crime has indeed increased in Phoenix. Homicide is up by 13 percent; sexual assault is up by 31 percent; aggravated assault is up by 4 percent; drug crimes are up by 5 percent. However, as crime rates continue to increase, arrests and clearances continue to decline. And, according to a census report of law enforcement agencies, conducted by the Bureau of Justice Services, Phoenix has the distinction of tying with Nashville, Tenn. for having the lowest percentage (36 percent) out of the 50 largest police departments in the country for response to calls. According to a 2001 FBI Uniform Crime Report, Maricopa CountyÕs crime rates, compared to the rest of the United States in offenses per 100,000 people, were as follows: Murder in Maricopa County was 50 percent higher; robbery 32 percent higher; aggravated assault 5 percent higher; auto theft 173 percent higher; burglary 53 percent higher; and larceny 43 percent higher. Rape, the only category where Maricopa County came in below the rest of the nation was 19 percent less. In 1996, criminal offenses made up 17.9 percent of Maricopa County Superior CourtÕs caseload. Criminal offenses have increased each year and in 2002, made up 25.2 percent of all case filings. The Bureau of Justice Services inmate census data indicates that violent offenders accounted for the largest source of growth for all state inmate populations from 1995 Ð 2001. Those serving time for violent crimes made up 58.7 percent of the white inmate population, 56.9 percent of the black inmate population and 81.5 percent of the Hispanic prison population. From 1995 to 2000 the number of inmates for all federal, state and private correctional facilities, by race, increased by 17 percent for white inmates, 28 percent for black inmates, 53 percent for Hispanic inmates and 20 percent for other races. Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in Arizona, which now ranks third in the nation with 88 identity thefts reported per 100,000 people. Washington D.C. is number one with 123.1, followed by California with 90.7. Twenty percent of ArizonaÕs identity thefts are employment related offenses.
Mexico and Columbia rising stars of the heroin trade
In November 2003, the Executive Office of the President Ð Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) issued its Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse Fact Sheet. Under the chapter on Regional Observations it reported that during 2002, methamphetamine use by adult arrestees was concentrated in the Western region of the United States. Phoenix ranked fourth highest out of 36 sites with 31.2 percent of male arrestees testing positive for methamphetamine, and third highest out of 23 sites with 41.7 percent of female arrestees testing positive for methamphetamine. The report also stated that Mexican drug trafficking organizations have become the dominant manufacturing and distribution group in cities in the Midwest and the West, taking the lead over outlaw motorcycle gangs. A decade ago, Mexico was known for its production of poor quality heroin, such as black tar, and distributed only a fraction of the heroin sold in the United States. Over the last decade, Mexico and Columbia have gradually taken over the lionÕs share of the market from Southeast Asia with improved quality, bolder smuggling techniques and distribution networks in all major cities across the country with large Hispanic populations. Mexico also serves as a port of entry for the smuggling of drugs from other countries.
Diseases long gone making a comeback
The illegal alien invasion crossing the southern U.S. border at an estimated average of 800,000 per year has brought more than drugs and crime across the border. Many bring with them diseases ... diseases that were more or less unheard of in this country or ones that had been all but eradicated making a comeback, including: Hepatitis A, B and C, tuberculosis (TB), including MDR (multi-drug-resistant), HansenÕs disease (leprosy), Chagas disease, dengue fever, malaria, polio and others. Illegal aliens coming across the border are not screened for anything, neither for having terrorist affiliations nor communicable diseases. Illegal aliens with undiagnosed diseases crossing the border quickly spread diseases throughout the nation. Reports have also indicated that health-screening waivers granted in the past, along with amnesty and a green card to illegal aliens already here, were later found to have TB or other diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of cases of tuberculosis in foreign-born persons, has risen dramatically in the United States. In 1992, it represented 27 percent of all cases, with four states reporting more that over 50 percent of the cases were among foreign-born persons. In 2000, there were 21 states attributing over 50 percent of its cases to foreign-born persons, with California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Hampshire reporting over 70 percent of their cases were among foreign-born persons. In 2000, 41 percent of the foreign-born cases occurred among persons from Central and South America or the Caribbean. Although the number of MDR cases decreased from 3 percent in 1993 to 1 percent in 2000, the proportion occurring in foreign-born persons increased from 31 percent in 1993 to 72 percent in 2000. Ordinarily TB requires six months of a four-drug regimen to cure, whereas MDR-TB can require up to two years of treatment with a complex regimen of far more expensive drugs. In 1999, there was a dengue fever health advisory for an outbreak along the Texas/Mexico border. Dengue fever is not usually fatal. However there is a strain called dengue hemorrhagic fever that can be. Last November, 500 people were infected with hepatitis A, after eating at Chi-ChiÕs in Beaver Valley, Penn. It was the largest outbreak in U.S. history. Over the last 40 years, about 900 cases of leprosy were reported in the United States. From 1999 Ð 2002, 7,000 new cases were reported. Chagas disease, a parasitic bug from Latin American countries, where approximately 18 million people are infected and 50,000 die each year, has made its way into the blood supply with no tests available to detect its presence.
ÒThere is a syphilis epidemic in Maricopa CountyÓ
While syphilis infections dropped to a historic low in the United States, Maricopa County saw increases each year as it fought to keep the sexually transmitted disease (STD) from becoming epidemic. Between 1996 and 1998 infectious syphilis increased in Maricopa County by 137 percent. By the end of 1999, Maricopa County experienced a 10 percent drop in the number of cases reported. However, it was still three times the national rate. Douglas Hauth, a spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Infectious Disease Services attributed the increase to the growing Hispanic and black populations, a group with disproportionately higher levels of the disease. Ulcerative stages of syphilis also significantly increase the risk of HIV infection. An abstract from the 1999 National HIV Prevention Conference, issued by the Maricopa Rapid Ethnographic Community Assessment (RECAP) Team stated, ÒIt was discovered that syphilis disproportionately affected disenfranchised individuals and groups associated with high risk behaviors. These individuals and groups included sex workers, homeless persons, jail inmates and migrant workers.Ó In 2001, Superior Court Judge Mark Armstrong issued an order authorizing and directing Maricopa County Department of Public Health and/or Correctional Health Services to draw blood for a syphilis serology test on any person arrested for prostitution prior to that personÕs normal release from jail, subject to consent. Armstrong noted, ÒThere is a syphilis epidemic in Maricopa County,Ó citing, ÒIn 1999, Maricopa County had 463 cases of early syphilis, 228 late cases and 17 cases of congenital syphilis. ÒIn 2000, Maricopa County had 394 early cases, 314 late cases and 23 congenital cases. Armstrong stated that the overall number of syphilis cases in Maricopa County has increased every year since 1994, a direct contrast to the nation as a whole where syphilis continues to decline. He also pointed out that syphilis in Maricopa County was centered in the inner city, urban Phoenix area. In 1998, Maricopa County reported 29 cases of congenital syphilis, or syphilis infection of a newborn; 19 cases in 1999; 23 cases in 2000 and 29 cases in 2001. ÒCongenital syphilis is a completely preventable condition with prenatal care,Ó wrote Armstrong. However, due to lack of identification and treatment there is a 25 percent fatality rate. The cost to taxpayers for each case of congenital syphilis is estimated to run $300,000 in medical and long-term costs. The cost to taxpayers from 1998 Ð 2001 would be about $30 million.
Hospitals inundated with non-pay emergency room patients
During a Dec. 13, 2000 meeting at the Arizona State Legislature of the State-County Fiscal Committee, Alan Stephens, executive director of County Supervisors Association (CSA), made a presentation explaining the complex relationship between the county and the state. Stephens discussed counties having expenditure limitations based on population growth and inflation, leaving no room for emergencies. He cited a Òbudgetary emergency where two counties had to endure a tuberculosis outbreak, which was terribly expensive.Ó He also cited a capital case in Yuma that cost 75 percent of its total budget in witness fees alone. Stephens explained a survey taken by CSA on indigent health care costs. He claimed it was not thorough and didnÕt include the $66 million that the counties contribute to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) program, or $150 million for long-term care that counties contribute for the state matching funds. Counties also have to pay for emergency costs when a person is admitted to a hospital prior to being deemed eligible for AHCCCS. Stephens referred to it as county Òresiduality.Ó He went on to say, ÒMany times the counties are subject to litigation because hospitals submit a lot of claims to the county hoping the county will absorb a lot of their uncompensated care numbers,Ó and cited Maricopa County had $200 million in claims submitted in 1999. Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley said that Maricopa County had been settling those claims at 14 to 20 cents on the dollar, due to poor record keeping, lack of good records and because of the sheer volume of claims. He said there were 120 million new claims submitted since January 2000 and nonprofit hospitals were submitting claims because they were being inundated with non-pay, emergency room patients. He said the residuality was Òflowering to a degree that is out of control now.Ó
Illegal alien children enter schools without health screenings
The Center for Immigration Studies did a report not that long ago citing immigration, both legal and illegal, as the reason for virtually all increases in the nationÕs student population. Since school officials either canÕt or wonÕt ask if a student is in this country legally or illegally, there is no way to know if that student or that studentÕs family have had required health screenings. Schools in the metro-Phoenix area have reported cases of TB as well as meningitis. School districts will not disclose the nationality or legal status of any infected child and cite the patientÕs privacy as the reason. So, critics say, as parents send their children off to school, do they know or care if the non-English-speaking student sitting next to their child in class has hepatitis, TB, leprosy, chagas or any other parasite or disease? How about children or workers at the centers where they drop off their younger children? What about the kitchen help preparing food in their favorite restaurants? American citizens are paying to: Build new school after new school, in order to provide an education for all the children on the planet; provide free health care for all those who come here illegally; provide illegal immigrants with food stamps, welfare benefits and subsidized housing; incarcerate criminal illegal aliens; obtain additional uninsured motorists insurance because of the increasing numbers of illegal aliens who drive without licenses or mandatory insurance. When citizens can no longer afford to provide for themselves and their families because they are providing for the rest of the world, or they or their family come down with a disease, previously unheard of, through the blood supply, the impacts of the illegal invasion may look a little more real.




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