- Every year, an estimated 400,000 to as high as 450,000
pregnant illegal alien women cross America's borders. Some arrive legally
with visas. They rush to the nearest hospital where they birth their 'jackpot
baby' or more popularly known as an 'anchor baby'. Once inside the hospital
or ER, they receive unlimited 'free' care via U.S. taxpayers. Their child,
through a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
meant for children of slaves in the 1800s, becomes an instant citizen.
Therefore, the mother enjoys immune status for being deported out of the
United States. She becomes immediately eligible for assisted housing, food
stamps, child care, medical care and more. Since most of them arrive illiterate
and without job skills, they become immediate wards of the federal government
and local municipalities.
- At an average of $8,000.00 per healthy birth to as high
as $500,000.00 for premature babies or one that suffers a congenital heart
defect or Down's Syndrome, etc., the costs annually run in excess of $3.2
billion. Later, taxpayers shell out $7,000 to $8,000.00 per year for educating
those children K-12. Dan Stein of www.fairus.org estimates anchor babies
and other immigrant children cost U.S. taxpayers $7.4 billion annually.
- In the meantime, an estimated 20 million illegal aliens
may visit any U.S. hospital or ER for 'free' service compliments of U.S.
taxpayers. The costs run into the tens of billions of dollars annually.
Passed in 1986, Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act: mandated
by Congress, it allows any illegal alien that needs medical attention to
enter any facility without paying and be provided with unlimited medical
care. Some individuals have run up millions of dollars of care. In California,
60 hospitals and ERs bankrupted out existence because of EMTALA.
- Additionally, every American holding an insurance policy
or making a hospital visit on his or her own money must make up the difference.
- "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Hospital Infrastructure"
Volume XIX, No.2, pages 33-37, Winter 2009, by Edwin S. Rubenstein-addresses
crumbling hospital infrastructure.
- "The two local health units that are administered
by the Louisiana Department of Health from January through mid-November
admitted 1,200 pregnant women, most of whom were Hispanic immigrants,"
Rubenstein said. "Before Hurricane Katrina, only two percent were
Hispanic; now 96 percent are Hispanic [illegal]."
- Through EMTALA, hospitals fight for reimbursement from
the federal government, however, the American taxpayer IS the federal government's
money bags. Criminal aliens discover they can game the system and they
do in ever increasing numbers.
- "Emergency departments are an endangered species,"
Rubenstein said. "People die from delays (caused by accelerating illegal
alien visits). Autopsies of accident victims who died after reaching EDs
in San Diego hospitals suggested that 22 percent of the deaths were preventable.
Illegal immigration is a major factor behind the ED emergency. On the demand
side, illegal aliens utilize hospital EDs at more than twice the rate of
overall U.S. population: 29 percent versus 11 percent. On the supply side,
uncompensated illegal alien care is the cause of many ED closures."
- Legal and illegal migrants utilize emergency rooms for
a variety of ailments such as hangnails, gunshot wounds, and permanent
disability that includes mental, social and personality disorders.
- "Drug addiction and alcoholism are among the fastest
growing of 'disabilities'," Rubenstein said. "A disability diagnosis
automatically qualifies illegal aliens for Supplemental Security Income,
a federally funded cash transfer payment."
- Additionally, EMTALA straight-jackets any hospital that
refuses to serve an illegal alien with fines up to $50,000.00. Immigration
lawyers and special interest groups enjoy more authority than doctors.
- The costs run into the millions per one illegal alien.
Case in point:
- "Luis Alberto Jimenez. He worked as a gardener in
Stuart, Florida. He suffered a devastating injury in a car crash with a
drunken Floridian. Martin Memorial Hospital saved his life, but the crash's
impact on his brain left Jimenez incapacitated. After failing to find a
rehabilitation center willing to accept an uninsured patient, the hospital
kept him as a ward for years at a cost of $1.5 million. Over time, Jimenez
became depressed, exhibited anti-social behavior such as spitting, yelling,
kicking and defecating on the floor.
- "What happened next set the stage for a continuing
legal battle: Martin Memorial leased an air ambulance for $30,000.00 and
flew Jimenez back to Guatemala."
- Many hospitals follow the same procedures or face financial
insolvency and closure.
- However, Rubenstein said, "Martin Memorial is being
groomed as a test case by pro-immigration proponents. Perhaps the hospital
should sue the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."
- Little known to U.S. taxpayers, EMTALA provides acute
care, dialysis, air ambulances, escort services and chemotherapy. Taxpayers
foot the bills for broken bones, flu, babies, pre-natal and every kind
of ailment brought to medical facilities by legal and illegal migrants.
- While the U.S. imports 138,000 new legal immigrants every
30 days, month in and month out, while an estimated 100,000 criminal aliens
cross over the borders every month-few hospitals can withstand the onslaught
- The latest PEW report showed Mexican minorities becoming
the majority by 2042 with a 53 percent population in the U.S. By that time,
our medical facilities across America will not be able to cope with the
costs or the numbers of non-paying patients.
- Meanwhile, the U.S. adds 138,000 legal immigrants every
30 days. All of them add to the EMTALA costs to U.S. taxpayers.
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