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Measles Crosses Open Borders

Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:50 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Fifteen years ago, measles was declared eliminated in the United States, but today this highly contagious viral illness is back. Measles can lead to complications and death, so said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In August 2014, after the surge of young undocumented border-crossers, the CDC confirmed, but did not publicize, 644 cases of measles in 27 states. That year, an undisclosed number of measles cases were noted in detention centers for illegal border-crossers. The Obama administration refuses to point to a source for the measles, while each day, thousands of unvaccinated and undocumented children and adults cross the Mexico-U.S. border.

A 2014 report by the American Medical Association (AMA) found 88 percent of the current measles outbreak was due to “international import”. In January 2015, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC stated that the measles virus likely came from “an overseas person”.

Unmentioned is the lax border control, providing an entry point for diseases of all types. The current measles epidemic finally gained nationwide publicity after surfacing in Disneyland in January of this year. The Obama administration refuses to acknowledge that this measles epidemic is being introduced by non-U.S. citizens.

Meanwhile, an uncounted ghost population of undocumented foreign nationals mounts a steady assault on U.S. healthcare. According to The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, casualties from this assault include the shutdown of many emergency-room services, degradation of medical delivery systems, harboring and spread of infectious diseases long eradicated in the United States (such as measles) and the exhaustion of medical providers from an overload of uninsured, non-English-speaking patients.

Partly to blame are the following federal laws passed by the U.S. Congress in the 1980s and 1990s:
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986 (EMTALA). Congress passed EMTALA to provide uninsured people, regardless of citizenship, with medical care in hospital emergency rooms, including delivery costs for illegal alien mothers and their anchor babies. The law has remained an unfunded mandate — authorizing health care but failing to provide federal funding.
  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). Congress passed IIRIRA to authorize reimbursement of public hospitals and certain non-profit hospitals for emergency medical assistance to undocumented foreign nationals. Since EMTALA and IIRIRA failed to define emergency, ER staffs treat undocumented foreign nationals with hangnails, coughs, cardiac arrest, drug addiction, alcohol poisoning, gunshot wounds  — with gang violence on the rise — HIV infections, mental and emotional disorders, auto accident injuries, births, etc. These stabilized and the patient discharged. Ambulance service is included for the girls and women crossing the U.S.-Mexican border illegally to give birth to the some 400,000 anchor babies delivered at U.S. hospitals each year. Hospitals are declaring bankruptcy because of the federal health care laws.
  • Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Within this bill, known as PRWORA, is a section entitled Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) law that had been in effect since the Social Security Act of 1935. Despite President Bill Clinton’s promise in 1996 to “end welfare as we know it,” PRWORA is just another Congressional giveaway to undocumented foreign nationals who also qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, and Women, Children & Infants (WCI) benefits.
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. Congress authorized $1 billion for this law (PL108-173) to reimburse U.S. hospitals for treating undocumented foreign nationals.
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program and Re-authorization Act of 2007. In October 2007, both chambers of Congress passed this bill (known as CHIPAR) to lower the proof of citizenship requirements for Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) making it easier for undocumented foreign nationals to obtain benefits. CHIPAR also negates the welfare reform legislation of 1996 and parts of the Social Security Act — including citizenship requirements for the Medicaid Program.
As a result of these laws, U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for universal healthcare, that is, healthcare for anyone in the universe who can make it across a U.S. border. Add Obamacare to the above-listed healthcare laws, and the costs are in the trillions; even though in January 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., in a debate sponsored by the Democratic Party, said he would not include undocumented foreign nationals in his proposed healthcare program, because, as he concluded, “We can’t afford it.”

Yet in 2015, the President stands by Obamacare and its extension to undocumented foreign nationals — young and old — legitimatized by executive fiat. He chooses to ignore the fiscal and health-related impact of his actions which allowed an overseas person to reintroduce the measles previously eradicated in the country.

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.

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