Friday, June 17, 2005

Illegals

Illegals provide cheap labor, which saves customers a lot of money & improves living standards, therefore, economically speaking, they are good, so goes the argument. However, what the proponents of this position neglect to take into account is the burden they place on our health care & education systems. Many public schools have eliminated art & music programs due to the high expenditure of having ESL classes for the children of illegals. Some community hospitals have been forced to shut down due to the unreimbersable burden of treating illegals, while many others are struggling to make ends meet.

A recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) article reports on a new threat. " A multidrug-resistant tuberculosis known as MDR-TB is persistent in California, primarily among its "foreign-born" population, and has serious financial implications for the state's public-health system, federal and state health officials said yesterday. " TB is an airborne disease.

"Treatment for MDR-TB is very expensive -- ranging from $200,000 to $1.2 million per person, over an 18- to 24-month time period," said Dr. Reuben Granich, a lead investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a press conference in the District yesterday. Not saving a lot of money are we? Also, the virulency of this strain makes it a dangerous public health threat. I wish that there was a real cost-benefit analysis done on the economics of illegals.

But, until that day comes, this issue will not be dealt with. In Catoosa, OK, eighteen illegal aliens were apprehended, but local authorities were forced to allow them to go as the INS does not have an office in Oklahoma & thus where unable to have agents investigate the case.

As the Bush administration does not seem to be doing anything about this issue, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo says he is considering running for the presidency himself to highlight the issue. I personally don't know a lot about Mr. Tancredo other than the fact that he is a Republican Congressman from Colorado. If he is an serious about immigration reform as he says he is, I would support him even if he were a Democrat.


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