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Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?: Left of Center View

The only health risk undocumented workers pose to us is the drain on the already over-stressed medical system we have in this country. Most of the major epidemics in the past 20 years caused by international travelers have been caused by folks who can afford to travel legally who are not subjected to medical examinations when entering the U.S. Let's face it, the amount of time it takes an undocumented worker to get into the U.S. and in a position to infect a "regular" American, is longer than the incubation period of most of the really dangerous communicable diseases. People with long term dangerous ailments do come to America, but they come to be cured, not to contaminate.

Healthcare in America is a joke. We have let the insurance companies, not the actual medical professionals, dictate the treatments allowed. It's no longer about what a patient needs; it's about what the insurance company will pay for. The stupidity of this is just amazing. Hospitals can't turn urgent need patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Consequently those at the bottom of the economic ladder (this group includes, but is not exclusively comprised of undocumented workers), are forced to use the emergency care system in as their primary care system. This not only clogs the system, but since the majority of these people can't afford the basic care they receive, it also creates a huge financial strain which the hospitals pass on, hence the $12 aspirin.

So while undocumented workers do contribute the strain on our medical system, they play such a small part on a National level that it is really unfair to assign them much blame. In fact in an ironic twist, it's Americans who have become the unwanted, illegal abusers of the Canadian and Mexican medical systems. Folks who can't afford the inflated prices for their prescription medications here have been known to slip across the border to fill them. That's right people, our system is so messed up that we're the abusive illegals taking advantage of a medical system paid for by someone else's taxes. It is true that there is some risk of disease being spread by folks that go around instead of through the check-points put in place. But this is also a semi self-regulating system. If you are sick enough for the folks at the border to stop and check your medical condition, chances are you are probably too sick to make the trip here illegally. Disease is much more likely to be spread by tourists entering this country legally or by Americans returning from abroad.

There are hundreds of crippling and lethal diseases in the world. Anywhere you have unsanitary conditions and large groups of people living in an area there will be disease. We have an inherent fear, born of stereotypes of the unwashed masses coming to our quiet suburban neighborhoods and reintroducing the plague. We should worry about our health. AIDS is an epidemic. We do need to cure Cancer. Obesity is a problem. But none of this has anything to do with folks from other countries. Until we own up to our own inefficiencies and examine the problem itself instead of just trying to find someone to pin the blame on, we will never cure ourselves.


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Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
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Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?: Right of Center View

Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes, AIDS and many more easily transmitted diseases with no apparent outward symptoms are spread every day in America by both legal and non-legal residents of the United States. These diseases are all screened for when a prospective legal immigrant has their blood tested prior to being granted entry into the United States. That being said, it is an obvious fact that those who enter into our country without being screened for disease pose a greater risk to Americans than those who have been screened.

I am not one of the people screaming from the mountain top that every person trying to immigrate to America is carrying some deadly disease or that illegal immigration will make leprosy a common disease in America. What I am saying is that it is better to have people screened than to just have them coming in without examination. I actually think that blood testing should be a prerequisite for international travel also so please donít start in on how international travelers bring more disease in than undocumented resident aliens. I agree that international travelers pose a health risk as do Americans traveling abroad. Personally, I say test everyone. A little blood is a small price to pay for greater health security for Americans.

The truth of the matter is we are in a time when many diseases are actually on the rise in America and there are an increasing number of them that are much more drug resistant than they were even a few years ago. This poses a risk to everyone that lives here whether legal or undocumented. We should all be tested regularly for communicable diseases and the government should be tracking where the diseases are most prominent so they can be more proactively prevented. Unfortunately the prevention of disease is not a budgetary priority for many in Congress.

For the last two decades Congress has found ways to whittle away at the funding for public health and has left the system in a God awful mess. We have people going to the ER for colds because they donít have adequate health care and we are footing the bill. If we can minimize the spread of preventable diseases it will allow us to free up resources to treat cyclical problems such as flu epidemics much more effectively. Part of the solution has to be better border security to lessen the number of people bringing adverse health conditions into the country to become a burden on our system and source of infection for the legal residents of the nation.

I donít want to say that we should be rounding people up in camps or anything draconian like that but we do need to get a handle on the people who are spreading disease unnecessarily simply because they have not been screened and treated for their conditions. If the health care system is unaware of a potential threat to their patients they cannot prepare for it. The simple truth is that undocumented immigrants make it impossible to prepare for anything they might bring into the country because nobody that can do anything about it knows they have come in with the disease that they are carrying.

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What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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