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On Behalf of the Ever-Scorned Illegal Aliens

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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".

And from The Washington County Independent Examiner

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.

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  • Mark E. Madras

    Kudos to David Bacon, bienvenidos a los Latinos, and gimme a little Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your/My Land, etc. How many more economists have to assure us that immigrants give way more than they take?… As opposed to our government/bureaucratic parasites??

  • John Lake

    Gracias, señor, y buen día!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    John –

    I can just see the conservative flames that will be fired in our direction, because just like you said, when an illegal immigrant has to go to the emergency room and can’t pay for it, the taxpayer pays…and we can’t deny them the care unless we ask the doctors to rescind the Hippocratic Oath.

    And an emergency-room visit is far more expensive then regular preventative care, so in very real terms it would be cheaper to provide single-payer health care to everyone within America’s borders, regardless of immigration status.

    But it seems the conservatives would rather pay more taxes to provide for those emergency-room visits instead of just swallowing their uber-patriotic ‘pride’ and allowing the illegal immigrants to receive the much cheaper preventative care that would keep them out of the emergency room for preventable causes.

  • John lake

    To Glenn Contrarian:
    My sentiments exactly.

  • 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.

    I want to know what Christians think about that. I hope some will tell me.

    There is an ICE prison in my state. The county gets the money it uses as part of its budget by raiding the homes of people who’ve lived there for 10 years, who’ve become part of the community. They handcuff parents in front of their children and take them away. They make it difficult for these people to communicate with the outside world. They were not interested in them when they provided cheap, non-complaining labor. Now they serve as a means of state income from the fed as the economy suffers.

    It seems that if people cared about other people they would find some other way to go about saving money than by letting people suffer amid plenty.

  • Clavos

    Stopping illegal immigration is simple:

    Make it legal.

    Allow in anyone who does not have a criminal record — anyone.

  • You’re just reiterating.

  • Clavos

    Damn! You’re too smart for me, Roger!

  • I am gonna let you keep all my Bingo winnings, Clav. 🙂

    (you were saving them for me weren’t you???)

  • For you? Never! But that was a cheap shot, I admit it.

  • You’re better at poker. Bequeath those.

  • Clavos

    (you were saving them for me weren’t you???)

    Of course, Cindy!

    I’ve been investing them in a widget factory in Afghanistan run by an old pal of mine.

    Osama just called about an hour ago to tell me we have a buyout offer from GM that will generate a 1,000% ROI for us. They’ve got all that gummint money, so they’ll pay our asking price.

    Pretty cool, huh?

  • I’d seem to me that investing in the opium poppies would have brought a far better yield.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Roger –

    They’ve got legal opium poppy fields in Tasmania (I’ve seen them) and (FWIU) Canada, too. But the ROI for them is only for Big Pharma.

    And while we’re on the subject, what, exactly, is the difference between Big Pharma and the opium farmers in Afghanistan?

    They both grow an addictive product.
    They both make insane profits.
    Neither really cares much for their customers.
    They both have their respective governments in their pocket.

    But one’s legal, and one’s not.

    Yeah, I know, that’s all overly cynical and none of those exaggerations are completely true…except for the one about them owning the local governments….

  • Looks like we’ve made it to the big leagues, Clav. Thanks for counting me in. So, when do I get my limousine and hookers?

  • Clavos


    I sent two limos and a bevy (same as a baker’s dozen) of hookers to your place nearly a month ago!

    That freakin’ Osama! He probably traded ’em for more SAMs. He keeps doing that to me! I’ve warned him he really doesn’t want to win the war, the Great Satan’s not worth fighting for, but he doesn’t listen — figures the potential heroin market is too big to ignore.

    Don’t worry, I’ll lean on him and have a new shipment out to you by next week

  • John Lake

    Funny you should mention that.

    It is, you know – really. 95% of the worlds opium comes from Afghanistan. Common sense suggests that the Opium trade is just about the biggest thing, maybe the ONLY thing happening in Afghanistan.
    Yet watching the now drawn out war on the six o’clock news, I have yet to see a poppy.
    In fact, I have yet to hear mention of ANY poppy whatsoever. This arouses my curiosity!
    Sudden thought! Suppose the American Government at some point in time made a real decision to destroy all the opium in Afghanistan, forever. Suppose some opium billionaire (or more) took it upon himself to strike out at the thoughtless Americans.
    And here it is, just a few days since the anniversery of 9/11.
    I have no evidence, no justification. Just a knawing …
    Tasmania grows opium for legal, medical uses. Of Course if Afghanistan were to “go legal” what would that do to the Aussies in Tasmania?