Someone really ought to say something positive and supportive to the illegal aliens in this country who we allow have faced considerable hardships. Lately, things have gotten worse.
The change began in late October or early November of 2006, when the Federal Government announced a get tough policy on those illegally in the United States.
Nationwide, illegal aliens were being sought and deported. In view of this pursuit, the Chicago City Council (this observer being Chicago born and raised) declared a moratorium on these sweeps, while congress debated the new immigration policy.
From The Chicago Sun Times,April 27, 2006: “Calling federal immigration raids a ‘scare tactic’ designed to intimidate ‘the new civil rights movement,’ the [Chicago] City Council on Wednesday demanded a moratorium on sweeps while Congress debates a new immigration policy."
At that time I wrote:
It’s amazing how quickly things change. Just a few short weeks ago, everything was fine. White, Latino, Black, Asian… all going about our business in blissful harmony. Now, today, most of us are still fine. But where are the Latinos? They are standing in shadows, furtively peering around corners, crouched, or moving quickly along the sidewalk, their collars turned up.
When the Federal Police round up the “Illegals”, breaking up families, ending friendships, destroying jobs and incomes, this is no small matter. Even those honest, hard-working, God fearing Latinos with four or more years in this country, are in danger of being sent away, if they fail the $4000.00 fee.
You can see it in their eyes, and in their demeanor. The middle-aged Latina woman selling ice cream from a cart, softly ringing the vendors bells, near a neighborhood school; Latin men, heads of families, now peering furtively over their shoulders, as they wash cars in a used car lot, now ever in fear of detection. All the while trying to work quickly, desperate to avoid notice.
It appears that as the economy weakens, the "illegal aliens", here for a wide range of reasons, here in many cases with the help of God, are the first to feel the hurt.
The Connecticut Tribuna, on September 2, 2009, stated that
Neither Congress nor the White House wants to write a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance in the same manner as anybody else would. Lawmakers have not decided, however, how the legislation will cover those who have recently been given permission to be in the United States with their "papers in order".
The United States has to get serious about the flood of illegal aliens entering this country through our porous borders. When medical care is needed, illegal aliens and the uninsured go to hospital emergency rooms where they cannot be refused treatment. It costs 4 to 5 times as much to deliver medical care through an emergency room than it does with a standard office visit.
The accusation has been made that many of the documented aliens in America only for a short time have come to this country simply to have the option of either receiving free government sponsored insurance, if they are of very low income, or, if they have moderate resources, the option of buying health care insurance at substantially low cost. Briefly stated, those who espouse this thinking conclude that this source of loss to our economy can be eliminated by disallowing the purchase of health care insurance until the completion of 5 years of residence.
The President himself was less than warm: in an interview with CBS’s Katie Couric, when asked whether illegal aliens should be covered under a new health care plan, President Obama said “No.” He continued:
We don't have illegal immigrants. We’ve got legal residents or citizens who are eligible for the plan. And I want a comprehensive immigration plan that creates a pathway [for the aliens] to achieve that. The one exception that I think has to be discussed is how we are treating children. If you’ve got children who may be here illegally but are still in playgrounds or at schools, and potentially are passing on illnesses and communicable diseases, that aren’t getting vaccinated, that I think is a situation where you may have to make an exception.
The President chose his words carefully; we may catch, if we try, a glimpse into his thought processes.
Again, in his recent speech to a Joint Session of Congress, speaking in support of his health care proposals, "…There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."
At that point, Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) was unable to contain himself, and shouted “You lie!” He has since apologized. The vote on the important reforms proposed by President Obama may take place as early as next week.
Thankfully, as to the issue of the low-income aliens who find they require essential emergency health care, The Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act mandates that U.S. hospitals with emergency room services must treat anyone who requires care, including illegal aliens.
We can only hope that that a benevolent God will come to the aid of these poor desperate people.