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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Reuters AlertNet - US House rejects hospital checks on illegal aliens

Reuters AlertNet - US House rejects hospital checks on illegal aliens: "US House rejects hospital checks on illegal aliens
18 May 2004 20:07:10 GMT

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - A bill that would have required emergency rooms to check on patients' immigration status and report illegal aliens to authorities for deportation was soundly defeated on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.
The bill sponsored by California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrbacher was defeated by a 331-88 vote, with most Republicans joining all but two Democrats to kill it.
Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, an opponent of the bill, said the legislation would 'require health care providers to turn into immigration officer' and possibly create public health risks if people didn't get needed health care. The information would go to the Department of Homeland security.
Rohrbacher said deporting illegal aliens was 'only common sense.'
'If we know that an illegal alien is in the United States, especially one that is consuming resources that are taking health care resources away from our people, they should be deported; and their own country should be taking care of them,' he said."

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