Illegal Alien Concerns
Illegal Aliens and Medical Concerns
Following are quotes from a ten page article "Illegal Aliens and American Medicine" taken from the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Vol. 10, Number 1, Spring 2005.
"The influx of illegal aliens has serious hidden medical consequences. ...Illegal aliens, stealthy assaults on medicine now must rouse Americans to alert and alarm....their free medical care has degraded and closed some of America's finest emergency medical facilities, and caused hospital bankruptcies: 84 California hospitals are closing their doors. Anchor babies, born to illegal aliens instantly qualify as citizens for welfare benefits and have caused enormous rise in Medicaid costs and stipends.
"Uninsured people received medical care in hospital emergency departments (CDs) 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...No one knows how many illegal aliens reside in America. If there are 10 million, they constitute nearly 25 percent of the uninsured."
"Yet 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. (The article goes on to give many details about these diseases and outbreaks in the United States)"
At the end of the article, The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons report includes a strong prescription for protecting the health of Americans:
Thinking Arkansans realize that you reward behavior that you want to encourage and punish behavior you want to discourage; thus, giving benefits to illegal immigrants encourages more illegal immigration…not less. There is a lot of rewarding of illegal immigrants going on in our nation and state at this time.
Bulleted Facts on Illegal Aliens
The following are some bulleted facts we put together. Some of the material needs to be brought up to date and would probably be worse than related below.
Thinking Arkansans realize that you reward behavior that you want to encourage and punish behavior you want to discourage; thus, giving benefits to illegal immigrants encourages more illegal immigration…not less.
· The Immigrant population in Arkansas exploded in the 1990’s. In fact, Arkansas experienced the fourth largest percentage increase in immigrants in the US during the 90’s, increasing 19%. 1 (Some studies say Arkansas experienced the first or second largest percentage increase in immigrants in the US rather than fourth.)
· There are at the very minimum 3 thousand illegal immigrants pouring over our borders daily, mostly from the Mexican Border. But according to the latest 2004 reports on estimates, that figure is realistically significantly too low since border patrols have admitted apprehending only 1 out of every 7 to10. That means the actual numbers are closer to 7,000 per day! 2
· Illegal Resident Population of Arkansas in 2000 was 27,000. 3
· Between 1990 and 2000, Arkansas gained 49,000 immigrants, bringing the total number of foreign born residents in the state to 74,000. That was a near tripling of the immigrant population in Arkansas, much higher than the 12% of the native born.4
· According to Dr. Donald Huddle, cumulative costs for the decade 1997-2006 for all post-1969 immigrants will be $866 billion, an average of almost $87 billion a year.5
· A study by the Center for Immigration Studies, a public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., concluded that, when all taxes are paid and all costs are considered, illegal households cost the federal government a net $10 billion in 2002. And when the federal outlay is combined with that of California, Arizona, Arkansas and other states, the total net cost of illegal immigration is more than $20 billion a year. 6
· This dramatic and rapid population growth has put communities in our state under great strain. For instance in Farmington, which had 173% increase in the 1990’s the State Department of Health, was forced to issue a moratorium on new housing, because residential sewer lines could not keep up.7
· Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crimes these aliens commit are highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking. Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. But if a cop arrests an illegal gang banger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law.8
· A documented study published in City Journal in 2004 found that 95 percent of all outstanding murder warrants in Los Angeles involved suspected illegal aliens. And up to two-thirds of all felony warrants were for undocumented illegals.9
· Arkansas authorities requested compensation of $451,000 from the federal government in FY’99 for the incarceration of illegal aliens instate and local jails and prisons (under the federal State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, or SCAAP) but received only $174,000 in compensation, leaving$277,000 in uncompensated costs to be borne by Arkansas taxpayers.10
· Intelligence reports indicate that in July, 2004, 25 Chechen terrorism suspects illegally entered the US from Mexico refocusing attention on the porous border from which many believe the next major attack on Americans could come. “The Chechen group is suspected of having links to Islamist terrorists seeking to separate the southern enclave of Chechnya from Russia” according to intelligence resources.11
· In 1994 the Bureau of Prisons report showed that some 20,171 non citizens were serving time in federal prisons or were awaiting sentencing on federal charges. It found at that time, that t nearly one out of every four inmates was not a US citizen. Another 28,000 non-citizens are in state prisons. (That was in 1994)12
· The number of “criminal” illegal immigrants caught in the Tucson sector more than tripled in fiscal year 2004, the agency said.13
· Fewer Immigrants in Arkansas are becoming naturalized US citizens. In 2000 only 30% were naturalized in Arkansas compared to 49%in 1990.14
· The 2000 population is about 60,000 more persons than the Census Bureau had expected to find in the state in 2000 when it issued its most recent state population projections in 1996. The significance of this is that the Census Bureau has concluded that much of the shortfall in their population estimates during the 1990s was due to an underestimation of the illegal alien population.15
Following are the links of articles this information came from. Endnotes are included in the documents for original sources. This will be posted later to www.wpaag.org
1 “Boozman Joins Caucus to Reform Immigration,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, February 11, 2002 By Laura Kellam
2 How many illegal aliens are in the U.S.?, 2. How many illegal aliens enter each year? Approaches to yearly calculations
3 Extended Immigration Data for Arkansas “Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: 1990-2000,” Office of Policy Planning, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, January 2003
4 Federation for American Immigration Reform
Illegal, Undocumented, & Licensed
August 26, 2002
The Net Costs of Immigration: The Facts, The Trends, and The Critics, the net national
6 “Taxpayers shouldn’t support illegal immigrants” by Joseph Perkins in California Decatur Daily Democrat 2-22-05.
Joseph Perkins is a columnist for The San Diego Union Tribune.
7 “Regional Boom Squeezes Schools,” By Chris Branam, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, August 26, 2001. Federation for American Immigration Reform http://www.fairus.org/news/NewsPrint.cfm?ID=1565&c=9
8 Illegal Crime Wave
9 “Taxpayers shouldn’t support illegal immigrants” by Joseph Perkins in California
Decatur Daily Democrat 2-22-05 Joseph Perkins is a columnist for The San Diego Union Tribune
10 Immigration Impact – Arkansas
11 Chechen terrorists probe , The Washington Times http://www.washtimes.com/national/20041013-121643-5028r.htm
12 BUREAU OF PRISONS Press Release 9, 1994
13 Desert Invasion - U.S. Arrests of illegal immigrants with criminal records soars in Arizona
14Immigration Impact – Arkansas, Trends for the Future
15 Extended Immigration Data for Arkansas, Projected population
Posted September 17,05