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Immigrants aren’t so taxing

8 June 2007

The Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Brownsville and McAllen, TX), isn’t by any means the biggest media source around, but when it comes to immigration issues, reporters like Melissa McIver, do a great job.

Undocumented immigrants aren’t taxing the health care system as much as people think, according to a report released Thursday from the liberal Center for American Progress.

The public believes many “myths” about the impact of illegal immigration on health care availability, says the report, which cites studies in medical journals, reports from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and U.S. Department of Labor statistics as sources.

These misconceptions include beliefs that immigrants are “overburdening” public health programs like Medicaid, that immigrants are crossing the border solely to access health care and that immigrants are “free riders” in the system, the report says.

Another “myth,” according to the report, is that immigrants are voracious health care consumers, clogging doctor’s offices and clinics. Actually, because immigrants are likely to be uninsured, they’re more likely to hold off on accessing health care until the problem is severe, the report says.

Health experts and local officials said that although undocumented immigrants pose “some burden” on Texas’ health-care system, the bigger burden is the growing uninsured population.

“The fundamental problem is that 25 percent (of Texans) are uninsured,” said Ernie Schmid, director of policy analysis for Texas Hospital Association. “Of that, only a small portion are immigrants.”

The solution is to make sure that all residents, including immigrants, have access to primary care, said one local health official.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 8 June 2007 4:40 pm

    Finally, a few folks in the media are beginning to see the light! Here’s a link to yesterday’s editorial in the Christian Science Moniter. I really, really tells it like it is:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0607/p09s01-coop.html

  2. 18 June 2007 9:37 pm

    This is very important information! I hope it’s okay if I include this post as part of the Erace Racism Carnival I am hosting this June on my site.

  3. 21 June 2007 6:14 am

    This is rubbish. When you have millions of poor, unskilled, uneducated people with no money or health insurance, the rest of society has to pay for it. In Texas, I have seen first hand our hospitals and clinics overflowing with mexicans. This is unfair to the american people. We have 40 million americans with no health insurance. We can’t take on millions of poor mexicans, illegal or legal. Mexico certainly doesn’t pay for americans with no health insurance and mexico doesn’t tolerate illegal immigration and very little legal immigration. Mexicans belong in mexico.

  4. 21 June 2007 11:16 am

    I’ve revised your sentence to make it make sense:

    When you have millions of poor, unskilled, uneducated people with no money or health insurance, the rest of society has to pay for it in Texas, the rest of society has to pay for it.

    If you have a problem with the health care “system” take it up with them (and I have no argument with you there), but if you just reject the study, I’d weight the credibility of “n.a.” against “studies in medical journals, reports from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and U.S. Department of Labor.”

  5. 22 June 2007 9:48 am

    The harsh facts are that mexicans cost this country about 80 billion a year and many studies confirm this. Mexicans take 3 dollars in social services for every tax dollar they pay. However, studies aside, common sense will tell one that importing millions of uneducated, unskilled poor people with high birthrates will be very costly to society.

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