May 1, 2005

The US as Hospital Disease Incubator of the World

Filed under: Immigration — Tom @ 2:15 pm

Immigration is an occasional topic at this blog when I find something that I believe is relevant to everyone’s physical and financial well-being. I criticized a recent conference in California on Identity Theft for what appeared to be willful ignorance about ID theft connections with illegal immigration.

Now some recent information on a point that I have (amazingly, considering its importance) only heard discussed in the past by Michael (Borders, Language, Culture) Savage, in this case meticulously documented by Dr. Madeleine Cosman, courtesy of The Immigration Blog’s Bonnie Eggle (bolds mine, footnote references at original post deleted):

Illegal aliens cross America’s borders medically unexamined. We shrug. We do not know what Illegal Aliens carry in their backpacks. We do not know what they carry in their bodies.

Long ago we knew what legal immigrants brought with them. When my grandpa came to America, he 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.

But Illegal Aliens stop at no medical checkpoint. Whoever walks through our foolishly open Golden Door comes in healthy or sick. If a border patrol sentry catches a healthy Illegal Alien he might be sent back home immediately. However, if we catch and detain a sick Illegal Alien, who after examination by physicians in a detention center proves to have a serious disease, we keep him! Foolish compassion makes us fear that his home country has neither adequate medical resources nor modern wonder drugs. So we release sick Illegal Aliens to the American streets, to infect others if their diseases are contagious, or we place them in our Medicaid program where we pay for their expensive treatments.

Foolish medical generosity encourages clever Illegal Aliens to exploit free medical care that EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, provides. Foolish medical graciousness encourages cynical Illegal Aliens to take and take and take again. Only a foolish guest will refuse what a foolish host offers. Our wide-open Golden Door guarantees that Illegal Aliens in their own self-interest will use and abuse our medical system. Our Golden Door also is propped open thanks to advocacy and legal aid of Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Foundation, National Immigration Law Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, and similar open border groups. America is fast becoming Hospital to the World.

Horrendous diseases that long ago America had conquered are resurging. Horrific diseases common in Third World poverty and medical ignorance suddenly are appearing in American emergency rooms and medical offices. Along with the visible invasion of Illegal Aliens across our borders is an invisible invasion of deadly diseases.

Deadly diseases on the list (links are to WebMD descriptions):

Note that some of these diseases can have very long latency periods, and may show up in those infected decades later when cause and effect will be difficult to trace.

The best medical minds of the past century toiled for years eradicating many of these diseases from our landscape and setting up public-health systems to prevent future epidemics. These heroes must be weeping as they see those same diseases, and more, waltz right back in, infecting and sometimes killing native-born citizens (police, teachers, and schoolchildren are particularly vulnerable), and burdening an already-stretched healthcare system, all while alleged pubic-health officials quietly fight fires and say nothing.

This, is, nuts.

Our leaders and our public-health system are failing us, sometimes fatally. Why is this failure not seen for what it is — brazen negligence?

TO BE CLEAR (I shouldn’t have to state this, but given the suffocating PC culture, I will): I support legal immigration by those who are willing to go through everything involved (including medical screening, of course) in the process of becoming a full-fledged Unitied States citizen.