The ongoing crush of children illegally entering the United States has sparked a major health crisis at hospitals along the nation's border, Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate, tells Newsmax TV
"Our hospitals have already been under siege by immigrants,'' Paul, an obstetrician, said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show.''
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"And with these thousands, tens of thousands, who knows how many [children] . . . you're going to see some very serious health problems . . . We've already overburdened many hospitals.
"In the 19th century, when we had a massive influx of immigrants, we were still cautious about diseases . . . Today, under these conditions, it just is essentially impossible to do this.''
Paul added that it appears the Obama administration is more concerned with other borders around the world than with U.S. borders.
"We spend way too much money worrying about the borders between Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan,'' he said. "And we don't seem to have any concern or policies that would be more sensible here at home.''
"We already have many problems in Texas and Arizona where individuals come over,'' he said.
Paul said the nation is too quick to heap benefits on those who cross the borders.
"One of my arguments for trying to stem the tide would be remove the incentives and not to get free everything, free medical care and free education,'' he said.
Paul, founder of Campaign for Liberty, said he is not surprised at a new Quinnipiac University poll that found Obama to be the lowest-ranked president since World War II.
"That takes some doing, to be the worst already. So, you'd think with all his problems he'd become a little more mellow and a little more cautious,'' Paul said.
"But he becomes more aggressive. So, he's more defensive, and I'm surprised of that because he's doing excessively what most presidents do, they overstep their bounds.
"But I've never seen any of them be so arrogant about it, so in-your-face about it . . . He says, I've got a pen and I've got a telephone and if Congress won't act, if the Congress doesn't act, I am obligated to do it and I'm going to do it. He doesn't back off at all.''
Paul called the Internal Revenue Service scandal — in which the agency allegedly targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status — "one of the worst.''
"When you have a taxing authority, doing what if a business had done they would have been probably imprisoned by now, by destroying information and computers and all of these things that have gone on, it is such an outrage,'' he said.
"One of the designs by the Constitution, the Fourth Amendment, was to protect our privacy. Well, look at what's happening: [the] NSA and the IRS.''
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