Saturday, May 22, 2004

One Reporter's Opinion: 'Illegal' Health Risk

One Reporter's Opinion: 'Illegal' Health Risk

One Reporter's Opinion: 'Illegal' Health Risk
George Putnam
Saturday, May 22, 2004
It is this reporter's opinion that the Congress of the United States acted tragically against America's best interests when it shot down Dana Rohrabacher's illegal alien medical bill, HR 3722. Powerful interests representing hospitals, pharmaceuticals, etc., acted against us.

All the bill asked was that illegal aliens - violators of our sovereignty - be identified as illegal!

But this is a sad, continuing story and particularly in those states that border on Mexico, where we witness a steady, silent, pervasive invasion of the U.S. by an unarmed army carrying an assembly line of diseases into the heart of America.

And it grows unabated as an average of 2,000 illegals cross over U.S. borders without being screened for diseases.

It is a silent invasion with deadly consequences to America and our children!

Recently I read a brilliant dissertation, "IMMIGRATION'S SILENT INVASION, DEADLY CONSEQUENCES." It was researched by Stephany Gabbard, a registered nurse, and Frosty Wooldridge, former U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer, teacher and author.

They offer a frightening study of how the hordes of illegals invading our nation have reintroduced tuberculosis, leprosy, smallpox and Chagas' disease. (Chagas is a nasty parasitic bug common in Latin America, where 18 million people are infected and 50,000 die annually.)

The most serious is a MDR (multi-drug-resistant) tuberculosis, with a higher death rate than cancer. The deadly bacteria becomes airborne when an afflicted person coughs.

It is estimated that each victim infects 10, 20 or more people with a time-bomb lasting effect.

To make matters worse, in excess of 7,000 new cases of leprosy have been diagnosed in the U.S. in the past three years. Chagas, called the "kissing bug disease" because the parasite favors the face as a root of infection, damages the heart and intestines and even threatens our blood supply; hundreds of blood recipients may be silently infected. And there is dengue fever, polio, cases of malaria ... and God only knows what other diseases.

The health-care crisis spreads daily across our nation and is not confined to the border states. The Queens, N.Y., Health Department found 81 percent of new tuberculosis cases among illegals and foreign-born people, who have an eight times higher incidence of TB. In fact, two-thirds of the cases of TB brought into the U.S. originated in three countries: Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Take the case of Miguel, who worked in construction on a subway renovation and was able to change his status to "legal permanent alien." Miguel is infected with tuberculosis. But this did not stop the federal government from issuing Miguel a health waiver under the Immigration and Nationality Act. That permits him to have a green card, though his disease made him inadmissible for the waiver. Miguel continues to move about at will, spreading TB wherever he goes.

Or take the case of a young worker in Santa Barbara, Calif., who refused to take his medication and has spread 56 known cases of TB to fellow workers.

Illegal aliens continue pouring over the borders, their bodies carrying hepatitis A, B and C, tuberculosis, leprosy, Chagas' disease, smallpox and more. Yet the Congress of the United States will not act effectively to secure our borders.

It's time to stop illegal immigration by whatever means necessary - U.S. troops, National Guardsmen, mass deportations and the arrest of employers who hire illegal aliens. I say hit 'em where it hurts the most: Remove their source of profit! And make the punishment fit the crime.

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