Immigration  Issues

The numbers are surprising.

Unless you run across a page like this, you probably have only a vague idea of the scope of the immigration problem, and the magnitude of the financial impact on this country.  The problem is much larger and more costly than most people realize.

Trump to Protect U.S. Taxpayers from Subsidizing Health Care.  President Trump signed a presidential proclamation on Friday to protect American taxpayers from being forced to subsidize the healthcare costs of legal immigrants wanting to permanently resettle in the United States.  In a new rule, beginning November 3, foreign nationals applying for visas — not including refugees, asylees, or those on nonimmigrant visas — will have to prove that they will have either employer-based health insurance before arriving in the U.S. or a non-subsidized private health insurance plan.

El Paso Border Crosser Apprehensions Up 500 Percent, Over 400 Caught in 5 Minutes.  In the time span of a mere five minutes, Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, caught two groups of illegal border crossers, counting more than 400 in total and underscoring the roughly 500 percent surge in apprehensions the El Paso Sector seen this fiscal year.  Agents encountered the first group of 194 at about 2:45 a.m. on March 19 west of Bowie High School.  Five minutes later, agents working further west in downtown El Paso caught the second group of 252.

Border Patrol Nabbed 400 Illegals In Under 5 Minutes Yesterday.  In the early morning hours on Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, detained over 400 illegal immigrants in the span of five minutes.  The first group of 194 illegal border crossers turned themselves in at 2:45 a.m.  Just five minutes later, at 2:50 a.m., a second group of 252 people were apprehended just a few miles west of the first group.

Spike in cases of Southern California children with Kawasaki Disease worries public health experts.  Public health officials are reporting that Southern California is seeing a a spike in the number of cases of a wind-borne disease that inflames blood vessels and can cause heart failure. [...] The illness is also referred to Kawasaki Syndrome, which was first detected in Japan in the 1960s and then in Hawaii in the 1970s.  It primarily affects children younger than 5.  Public health officials are warning the region's physicians about the uptick because symptoms mimic those of other conditions.

Border Patrol Officer Shares Scale of International Influx into U.S. Southern Border.  Straight from the epicenter of the issue, the U.S. Border Patrol outlines a single day of captured illegal aliens from countries other than Central America and Mexico.  Just yesterday [1/9/2019] alone over 113 illegal entry apprehensions from Pakistan, India, China, Ecuador, Romania, Nicaragua and more.  This CBP data is just from one border state in one day.

Yes, Unvetted Illegal Caravans Threaten Public Health.  We live in bizarro times.  Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths.  This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America's public health and safety.

Illegal immigrant families set record in 2018; top 100,000 for first time.  Illegal immigration across the southwest border appears to have surged 25 percent in 2018, setting new records for migrant families nabbed by the Border Patrol.  More than 107,000 illegal immigrant parents and children traveling together were caught by the Border Patrol in fiscal year 2018, shattering the old record of about 78,000 set in 2016.  September was also the worst month on record for families, with 16,658 people caught in that month alone by the Border Patrol — higher than even the worst years of the Obama administration.

Remittances: Illegal Immigration's $30 Billion 'Hidden Tax'.  [Scroll down]  Redistribution is bad, elimination is worse.  Therein lies one of illegal immigration's biggest, yet routinely ignored, problems:  illegal aliens hop the border, work (often without paying taxes), and send a large chunk of their earnings back home via remittances.  Basically, remittances are a hidden tax Americans pay for the privilege of hiring artificially cheap illegal labor — and it adds up.  In fact, illegal immigrants may remit around $30 billion annually.  To be clear, it's impossible to know exactly how much money illegal immigrants remit annually.  There are three reasons for this.  First, we don't know how many illegal immigrants actually reside in America.  Second, the term remittance itself is ambiguous:  should we include money stuffed in a birthday card in our calculations?  Third, we cannot track the location of every dollar even if we wanted to (if we could, black markets wouldn't exist).

Some foreboding as Mexico's remittances hit record $28.7 billion.  [Scroll down]  In places such as Central America, the long remittance dependency has actually left them with population crises; not enough young people able to take care of the old, hard as that is to believe.  El Salvador in particular has this problem.  Just as embattled nations in extended wars eventually get around to using younger and younger soldiers, what we are seeing from Central America is younger and younger immigrants coming to the U.S. — as unaccompanied minors, because the older ones are gone.  The other problem is that extended remittance dependency based on illegal immigration breaks up families — and leaves young boys raised without fathers.  We all know how that looks in the U.S. inner cities.  Guess what the MS-13 dynamic is.

Immigrants Sent $140 Billion From U.S. Back To Homelands in 2016.  Legal and illegal immigrants wired almost $140 billion from the United States back to their home countries and foreign relatives in 2016.  The huge loss of domestic spending by of immigrants' remittances is spotlighted in a new report by the Pew Research Center, which also noted that $6.5 billion was sent back to the United States by foreign-based U.S. workers.  That is a 21-fold difference and is enough money to support 2.6 million additional $50,000 jobs in the United States.  The remittance number is based on calculations by the World Bank.

GOP's tax bill cancels $23 billion in credits claimed by illegal immigrants.  The new GOP tax overhaul would strip illegal immigrants of the ability to claim several major tax credits, saving the government $23.1 billion over the next decade, according to the bill's authors.  For years Republicans have complained that despite a general ban on taxpayer benefits flowing to illegal immigrants, the IRS has allowed them to collect the child tax credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.  Efforts to shut down those claims have been tried in the House but have never cleared Congress.  But the new tax overhaul tries again, calling for taxpayers to have to submit work-eligible Social Security numbers in order to claim the credits.

UK Muslim Website Promoting Polygamy Gets 100,000 Users.  After a decade of liberal immigration policy, Britain is experiencing the real multicultural 'enrichment' first-hand.  A UK matchmaking website that caters to elderly Muslim men seeking multiple wives has gained around 100,000 users in a short period of time, the UK newspaper Daily Mail reported.  Bigamy is a punishable offence under British law and carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.

Germany:  Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In.  A failed asylum seeker from Yemen who was given sanctuary at a church in northern Germany to prevent him from being deported has potentially infected more than 50 German children with a highly contagious strain of tuberculosis.  The man, who was sheltered at a church in Bünsdorf between January and May 2017, was in frequent contact with the children, some as young as three, who were attending a day care center at the facility.  He was admitted to a hospital in Rendsburg in June and subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis — a disease which only recently has reentered the German consciousness.  Local health authorities say that in addition to the children, parents and teachers as well as parishioners are also being tested for the disease, which can develop months or even years after exposure.

Census: Illegal immigration up 57% to 550,000.  Illegal immigration has exploded 57 percent in less than two years, with at least 550,000 new undocumented aliens pouring into America in a trend that is set to continue growing, according to new Census data.  In an analysis of the numbers, the Center for Immigration Studies found illegal and legal immigration have reached over 1.5 million a year, a new 15 year high, and a 39 percent increase over 2013.

New Data:  Immigration Surged in 2014 and 2015.  An analysis of new government data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows more than three million new legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States in 2014 and 2015 — a 39 percent increase over the prior two years.  The number of legal and illegal immigrants settling in the country is now higher than before the 2007 recession and may match the level in 2000 and 2001.  Immigration from other countries has offset a decline in immigration from Mexico.

Syrians, Palestinians buy bogus Honduras identities to sneak into U.S.: Report.  Syrians and Palestinians managed to buy illegal citizenship documents from Honduras then tried to use them to enter the U.S., a Honduran newspaper reported over the weekend, exposing a scheme that analysts say could post a danger to the U.S. visa system.  La Prensa uncovered a criminal network that paid Honduran officials to illegally register foreigners as legal residents, which gave them access to documents that could then be used to gain broader access to the western hemisphere.  The La Prensa report was highlighted Friday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which said the network appeared to be a favorite for those of Arab origin — particularly Syrians and Palestinians — who were looking for a way to enter the U.S.

Mexico's cartels transfer $40B yearly from U.S.: Report.  Mexico's drug trafficking cartels repatriate almost $40 billion every year after laundering the money in the U.S., newspaper El Universal reported Wednesday [8/8/2012], citing an interview with retired U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey, the White House's anti-drug czar from 1996 to 2001.  The criminals use 10 highways in the U.S., particularly in Texas, to transfer the money in cash to Mexico, McCaffrey said, according to the newspaper.

Foreign-Born Now 13 Percent Of U.S. Population.  Foreigners are 13 percent of the population in the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week.  The Los Angeles Times reported that 13 percent, or 40 million persons out of about 300 million, is the largest number of foreign born since 1920.  Not surprisingly, the largest cohort of foreigners are Mexicans and Latin Americans.

CASA de Maryland: The Illegals' ACORN.  The illegal immigration debate has become an urgent focal point of American politics.  Liberal politicians from the White House on down have vigorously advocated for illegal immigrant amnesty and lax border enforcement in a naked attempt to bolster prospective voter rolls.  This controversy has been brewing for some time in Maryland, whose Hispanic population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010.  Under Governor Martin O'Malley's sanctuary policies the state has become an illegal alien magnet.  The current cost of illegals in Maryland is estimated to be $1.7 billion per year, more than three-quarters of the state's $2 billion structural deficit.

Our Country Coming Undone.  Astoundingly, 10% of Mexico now lives in our country.  Fully 75% of all drugs cross over from Mexico.  We pay $68 billion in expenses for immigrants annually.  They send home hard currency of $10.5 billion to Mexico, $25 billion to Latin America, $16 billion to Asia thus draining our country.  In short, illegal immigration is killing this country.

Danger in the Census Numbers.  The Census Bureau just issued population data compiled from last year's national decadal census.  The data reveals that the Hispanic population has grown much faster than anticipated.  The reasons attributed are birthrate and immigration — both legal and illegal.

An educated guess on Texas students in the U.S. illegally.  In Texas, nobody asks, nobody tells, but a whole lot of people would sure like to know.  How many illegal immigrants attend the state's public schools, supported by taxpayer money?

Latino kids now majority in state's public schools.  Latinos now make up a majority of California's public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in the state's history, according to data released Friday [11/12/2010] by the state Department of Education.  Almost 50.4 percent of the state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.

Report: 5% of kids in U.S. born to illegal immigrants.  Four million children in the U.S. were born of illegal immigrant parents but were granted U.S. citizenship because they were born on American soil, according to a report released today [8/11/2010].

Illegal Immigrants Bear 8% of Children Born in the U.S..  As discussion over whether to end birthright citizenship intensifies, a new study of Census Bureau data reveals that 8 percent of children born in the United States in 2008 were parented by illegal immigrants.  The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of polling organization Pew Research Center, finds that, of the 4.3 million babies born in 2008, roughly 340,000 were born to undocumented aliens.

Children of illegal aliens cost county welfare $44 million in March.  Figures from the Department of Public Social Services show that children of illegal aliens in Los Angeles County collected more than $21 million in welfare and more than $22 million in food stamps in March 2009 — an increase of $1 million from the previous month, according to a news release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

California counties cut healthcare to illegal immigrants.  Forced to slash their budgets, some California counties are eliminating nonemergency health services for illegal immigrants — a move that officials acknowledge could backfire by shifting the financial burden to emergency rooms.

Study:  Illegal immigrants having more kids in US.  Growing numbers of children of illegal immigrants are being born in this country, and they are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty than those with American-born parents, a report says.

1 in 10 Texas children has an undocumented parent.  A growing share of the children of illegal immigrants are U.S.-born citizens, illustrating a sensitive, demographic shift in the makeup of America's undocumented migrant population.  The Pew Hispanic Center released a report Tuesday [4/14/2009] estimating that about 73 percent of the children of illegal immigrant parents were U.S.-born citizens in 2008, up from roughly 63 percent in 2003.

Study:  Illegal alien population may be as high as 38 million.  A new report finds the Homeland Security Department "grossly underestimates" the number of illegal aliens living in the U.S. Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Studies released a report August 31 that estimates the number of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. is between 8 and 12 million.  But the group Californians for Population Stabilization, or CAPS, has unveiled a report estimating the illegal population is actually between 20 and 38 million.

Many illegal immigrants live in public housing.  Untold thousands of illegal immigrants live in public housing at a time when hundreds of thousands of citizens and legal residents are stuck waiting years for a spot.  Illegal immigrants make up a tiny portion of the 7.1 million people in federal housing, according to government statistics.  But authorities may be unaware of thousands more, and critics say no illegal immigrant should get housing benefits.

Mexican workers send less cash home from the US.  Over the past decade, entire towns in Mexico have been rebuilt with money sent from immigrants or migrant workers living in the US.  Now, for the first time since Mexico's Central Bank began keeping records (13 years ago), total annual remittances from the US have fallen.  The numbers themselves, released by the Central Bank on Tuesday, are not dramatic.  Mexicans sent $25 billion to their families in 2008, down from $26 billion the year before, representing a 3.6 percent decline.

Obama shields ACORN from Criminal Prosecution in the Economic Crisis.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development reportedly found that "five million illegal aliens hold illegal mortgages."  Who arranged these illegal mortgages?  The Helping Families Save their Homes in Bankruptcy Act is not unique legislation that helps community organizers, and other special interest outreach groups, like ACORN. ... Obama's Citizenship Promotion Act "organizes the immigrant community" by using $80 million taxpayer dollars for outreach programs targeted at immigrants and future voters.

Use money transfers to stop illegal immigrants.  Mexican workers in the U.S. send an estimated $23 billion back home every year, typically in small amounts.  Officially, these transfers are called "remittances" — just for some current perspective, it's more than Mexico's total annual tourism revenue, and until recently it was larger than their annual oil revenue!

Half of immigrants in Texas are there illegally, study says.  Half of the nearly 3.5 million immigrants living in Texas are in the country illegally, the Center for Immigration Studies says in a report being released today [11/29/2007].  Based on the latest Census Bureau data, the report said Texas has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any state.  It said that 50 percent of the state's foreign-born population — slightly more than 1.7 million people — are illegal immigrants.

Amount of money sent home by Mexicans drops sharply.  The amount of money Mexicans sent home suffered its sharpest drop on record in July as the U.S. economy slowed and the dollar fell, Mexico's central bank reported today.  Remittances — Mexico's second-largest legal source of foreign income after oil — dropped by 6.9 percent in July compared to the year before.

The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer:  Means-tested programs are typically termed welfare programs. … The largest of these are Medicaid; the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); food stamps; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Section 8 housing; public housing; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF); the school lunch and breakfast programs; the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) nutrition program; and the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).  Many means-tested programs, such as SSI and the EITC, provide cash to recipients.  Others, such as public housing or SSBG, pay for services that are provided to recipients. … Overall, the U.S. spent $564 billion on means-tested aid in FY 2004.

Western Union Empire Moves Migrant Cash Home.  To glimpse how migration is changing the world, consider Western Union, a fixture of American lore that went bankrupt selling telegrams at the dawn of the Internet age but now earns nearly $1 billion a year helping poor migrants across the globe send money home.  Migration is so central to Western Union that forecasts of border movements drive the company's stock.

U.S. is out $51M for flying 64,000 illegals to Mexico.  The U.S. government has spent more than $51 million over the past four summers flying nearly 64,000 illegal immigrants home to Mexico City.  The flights are intended to break the smuggling cycle and reduce the desert death count.  But evidence shows the binational Interior Repatriation Program has not made any substantial difference in border smuggling or desert deaths.  And the principal beneficiary is a Mexican airline contracted to operate the twice-daily flights out of Tucson, critics say.

The Editor says...
It seems to me that $796.87 is a very high price for a one-way ticket to Mexico City, especially at the group rate you could get by purchasing 64,000 tickets.  All that aside, the deported individuals will come back to the U.S. as soon as they can, so perhaps Mexico City is too convenient.  Here's my suggestion:  Fly the deportees to the most remote corner of Mexico.  Or better yet, Guatemala or Panama.  Or Venezuela.  Or Argentina.

Now Boarding: Illegal Immigrants On One-Way Tickets Home.  While U.S. airlines downsize and scrimp on amenities, one carrier is offering its passengers leather seats, ample legroom and free food.  But frequent fliers probably don't want a ticket on what may be the fastest growing "airline" serving Central America.  This carrier is run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for finding and deporting undocumented immigrants.  A crackdown on illegal immigration has led to a spike in deportations and the creation of a de facto airline to send the deportees home.

Giving Welfare to Illegals:  The Heritage analysis of the costs of amnesty was a study of the fiscal costs (benefits received minus taxes paid) of amnesty recipients during their retirement years.  It concluded that amnesty recipients would impose a likely net cost of $2.6 trillion dollars on the taxpayers during that period and that these costs would mainly occur in two non-welfare programs (Social Security and Medicare) and in one means-tested program (Medicaid).  The study explicitly states that these costs will not commence until 25 to 30 years after the bill is enacted.

A New Argument About Immigration.  The pro-more-immigration crowd argues that today's immigrants are just like immigrants of a century ago: poor people looking for a better life who are expected to advance in our land of opportunity.  [Mark] Krikorian's new argument is that while today's immigrants may be like earlier ones, the America they come to is so very different that our previous experience with immigrants is practically irrelevant.  The essential difference between the two waves of immigrants was best summed up by the Nobel Prize-winning advocate of a free market, Milton Friedman.  He said, "It's just obvious that you can't have free immigration and a welfare state."

Report Uncovers Hidden Cost of Immigration.  Are you having a hard time paying your bills, making your mortgage payments, or putting your kids through college?  You need to know how much of your hard-earned income the government is skimming off and diverting into handouts to immigrants and illegal immigrants.  You can read the depressing details in the new 70-page document called "The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Immigration" by Edwin S. Rubenstein.

Illegal Alien Welfare Costs Exceed $35 Million.  LA County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has announced that a new report shows illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected over $35 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in July.  In the report, illegals are said to have collected nearly $20 million in welfare assistance for July 2007 and an additional $15 million in monthly food stamp allocations for an estimated annual cost of $440 million.

Immigrants are Filling the Cities.  Atlanta added more people than any other metro area from 2000 to 2006; the area, which includes Sandy Springs and Marietta, Ga., added 890,000 people, putting its population at about 5.1 million.  Gaining the most after Atlanta were Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and Riverside, Calif.

What Does Illegal Immigration Cost?  a scholar at the Heritage Foundation, Robert Rector, has found a new and revealing way to get at the answer. … Rector found that in 2004, the most recent year for which figures are available, low-skill households received an average of $32,138 per household — the great majority in the form of means-tested aid and direct benefits.  (Rector excluded from that figure the cost of public goods and interest; with those included, he says, each low-skill household receives an average of $43,084.)  Against that, Rector found that low-skill households paid an average of $9,689 in taxes.

Social Security for illegal aliens.  An agreement the Bush administration reached with Mexico on Social Security benefits would allow illegal aliens granted amnesty in the future to claim credit for the time they worked illegally.  The deal was reached in 2004 but never released publicly because it hasn't been submitted to Congress.  The TREA Senior Citizens League, a Social Security advocacy group, recently obtained the document through a Freedom of Information Act, and said it confirms the group's worst fears.

U.S. Jails are Overflowing with Illegal Aliens.  The government does not know how many aliens, lawfully admitted, left the United States within the time they were authorized to remain.  This is because US-VISIT, the system that was supposed to use biometrics to track the entry and departure of aliens from the United States, is unable to track effectively the departure of nonimmigrant aliens even though the government has already spent over one billion dollars on that program, recommended by the 9/11 Commission.  Most of the immigration system is dysfunctional.  Goals are seldom met, and effective strategies to deter illegal immigration have yet to be formulated, let alone implemented.

Mistakes, Lies and Prison Statistics.  Taking the total state-federal prison population (2,193,798) and the total number of non-citizens in both systems (122,708), the actual percentage of "criminal aliens" in our prisons amounts to 5.5% — not even remotely close to the 29% or "one third" claimed by clownish demagogues.  Repeatedly misrepresenting the percentage of "illegals" in our prisons by a factor of more than 5 to 1 amounts to more than a trivial mistake, and becomes an outrageous, irresponsible, indefensible lie.

Critics say Social Security deal would give billions to Mexicans.  The Social Security Administration insists that the agreement — which has yet to be signed by President Bush and sent to Congress for consideration — would cost the retirement and disability fund a relatively scant $105 million annually for the first five years.

[$105 million is not a "scant" amount of money.]

Social Security siphon:  As Stephen Dinan reported in The Washington Times yesterday [1/4/2007], the Bush administration has reached an agreement with Mexico that would permit illegal aliens, after they are granted amnesty in the future, to claim Social Security benefits for the work they performed while in the United States illegally, even if the illegal aliens committed felonies by using fraudulent Social Security documents to obtain their jobs.

[Why do we need to reach an agreement with Mexico on this?]

Totalization is a Bad Idea.  Through a Freedom of Information Act Request, a private group recently obtained a copy of a 2004 agreement between the United States and Mexico that will allow hundreds of thousands of noncitizens to receive Social Security benefits.  The agreement creates a so-called "totalization" plan between the two nations.

Illegal aliens murder 12 Americans daily.  While the military "quagmire" in Iraq was said to tip the scales of power in the U.S. midterm elections, most Americans have no idea more of their fellow citizens — men, women and children — were murdered this year by illegal aliens than the combined death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since those military campaigns began.

Immigration statistics estimated by the current date and time.  One figure shows "Illegal's (sic) Enrolled in Public Schools K-12", and it advances at a constant rate, even on the weekends.  It's rather interesting to see the estimates, despite the inattention to detail.

Las Vegas:  Hispanic students outnumber whites.  Hispanic students outnumber white students for the first time in the 50-year history of the Clark County School District, according to the latest figures from the district.

Taxpayers called 'doormat' for illegal border crossings.  San Diego area government officials complained yesterday [8/14/2006] that the federal government's failure to curb illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border was sapping local public services while a key House chairman said prospects for action this year on the immigration front did not look good.

Illegal immigrant numbers in U.S. up to 11 million.  About 11 million illegal immigrants were living in the U.S. at the start of this year, the federal government said in a report Friday [8/18/2006].  That's up from an estimated 8.5 million living in the country in January 2000, according to calculations by the Office of Immigration Statistics in the Department of Homeland Security.

The economic truths of immigration reform.  Over the past fifteen years, according to the World Bank, China and India have surged ahead of Mexico and the gap is widening.  Mexico has gone nowhere.  And until Mexico's economic malaise is cured, millions will continue to seek economic opportunity in the United States.  Can you blame them?

More cash flows to Mexico.  Mexicans working abroad sent home a record $25 billion last year, most of it from the United States, according to a study released Friday [2/2/2007].  The estimated figure represents a 25 percent increase over 2005 and a nearly 80 percent surge since 2003, the Inter-American Development Bank, or IDB, said in its report.

Latin Americans send $60B home.  Latin Americans working outside their countries will send $60 billion home this year, a 12 percent increase over 2005, the Inter-American Development Bank said Wednesday [10/18/2006].  Bank officials who have studied the flow of money since 2000 said the potential for the money fueling development south of the border is limited.

Some Big Banks Enable Illegals to Send American Money Home — Not Where It Belongs.  The great majority of illegal aliens who violate our nation's borders do so in order to earn money (illegally) and then send that money back to their families in their countries of origin.  Whether the illegal alien simply worked at a menial job without the authority of our government or if he committed more serious violations of law by selling drugs, robbing banks, engaging in various forms of fraud and identity theft or otherwise committing felonies the motivation is the same, to acquire money that can be sent home, wherever "home" is.

Immigrants in Texas to send $5.2 billion home.  Latin American immigrants in Texas will send $5.2 billion back home to their relatives this year, ranking second only to California in a state-by-state breakdown released today by the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund.  Remittances from Texas will soar by 64 percent this year compared to in 2004, surpassing the national increase of 51 percent, the study found.

One in Seven Mexican workers migrates — most send money home.  Migration is profoundly altering Mexico and Central America. Entire rural communities are nearly bereft of working-age men.  The town of Tendeparacua, in the Mexican state of Michoacan, had 6,000 residents in 1985, and now has 600, according to news reports.  In five Mexican states, the money migrants send home exceeds locally generated income, one study found.  Last year, Mexico received a record $20 billion in remittances from migrant workers.  That is equal to Mexico's 2004 income from oil exports and dwarfing tourism revenue.

The Senate's proposed amnesty will cost a fortune.  Congress is in the midst of the most dramatic overhaul of our nation's immigration laws in 80 years.  So why is hardly anyone is asking the basic question, How might this affect government costs?

Report Says Migrants Repatriated $23 Billion to Latin America, Caribbean in 2001:  The researchers estimated that $14.2 billion will go to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this year, most of that sent by U.S. immigrants.  The study estimated $18 billion would be sent to those countries in 2005.

Costly illegals.  According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere are costing us $10 billion a year in services.  Should these same people be given citizenship, that cost is expected to climb to $100 billion a year, since most of them are low-paid and would be entitled to health care subsidies, welfare, etc.

Benefits off-limits to illegals.  Illegal immigrants can legitimately access a limited range of taxpayer-funded services.  Federal law and U.S. Supreme Court rulings say they're entitled to K-12 public education and assistance in a public safety emergency.  If they're poor, they're entitled to emergency medical care, including childbirth, and legal representation if they're accused of a crime. … [However] … Illegal immigrants are not entitled to most social services such as welfare (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), food stamps, public housing assistance and most Medicaid coverage.

[And that's why they use counterfeit identification.]

Illegal Students Drain Resources While Citizens Pay, Says Reform Spokesman.  An immigration reform advocate says because of an influx of illegal aliens enrolling in North Carolina public schools, important resources are being taken away from the dependents of American citizens.  The Hispanic advocacy group El Pueblo estimates that as many as 1,450 illegal aliens graduated from North Carolina high schools this spring.  Meanwhile, more than $400 million is spent on programs for English as a second language and limited English-proficient students in North Carolina schools each year.

Immigration Costs:  The National Research Council has estimated that the net fiscal cost of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year, with most government expenditures on immigrants coming from state and local coffers, while most taxes paid by immigrants go to the federal treasury.  The net deficit is caused by a low level of tax payments by immigrants, because they are disproportionately low-skilled and thus earn low wages, and a higher rate of consumption of government services, both because of their relative poverty and their higher fertility.

Current Numbers:  During the 1990s, an average of more than 1.3 million immigrants — legal and illegal — settled in the United States each year. Between January 2000 and March 2002, 3.3 million additional immigrants have arrived.  In less than 50 years, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that immigration will cause the population of the United States to increase from its present 288 million to more than 400 million.

Wages and Poverty:  Because immigration increases the supply of U.S. labor, it reduces wages or makes jobs more scarce for natives.  Job competition between immigrants and natives is especially fierce at the bottom of the labor market, because so many immigrants are employed in the low-skilled/low-wage segments of the economy.  When the average American wage exceeds the average Mexican wage by a factor of ten, even the most menial American job can be a forceful inducement to emigrate.

Population and Environment:  Since 1970, more than 68 million people have been added to the U.S. population.  This surge is especially notable in light of the fact that Americans have been below replacement level fertility since 1972.  A majority of this growth is thus derived from immigrants and their children.

Illegal Immigration's Financial Impact.  A large part of the problem with mass migration is that the U.S. often winds up importing much of the world's poverty.  The same argument can be made regarding the world's criminal elements.
  • Currently, one in four uninsured persons in the United States is an immigrant.
  • Nearly half of immigrants either have no health insurance or have it provided by taxpayers.
  • In some hospitals, almost two-thirds of operating costs are generated by illegal immigrants.
  • More than half of Hispanics, the nation's largest immigrant group, are without insurance.*

It's about time!
A Proposed Ban on Wire Transfers by Illegal Aliens.  A candidate running for a vacant congressional seat representing North San Diego county has unveiled a plan to ban wire transfers by illegal aliens to Mexico.  In a March 4 press conference near the U.S.-Mexico border, Republican Howard Kaloogian said he believes his proposal "will remove a major incentive for illegal immigration and increase national security."

Banks seek stake in billions sent home.  Almost 200 million migrants worldwide sent home more than $167 billion to developing countries last year — more than twice the level of international aid — according to the World Bank.  Latin American migrants working in the United States will send home about $45 billion this year, up from some $30 billion in 2004, according to the Washington, D.C.-based economic and social development lender Inter-American Development Bank.  Texas ranks second in the nation, behind California, for remittances to Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Illiberal aspects of illegal immigration rarely voiced.  Billions of dollars are sent annually back to Mexico from its citizens who come to the United States — one of the largest sources of foreign exchange for the Mexican economy.  But that cash does not come out of thin air.  If such transfers aid depressed parts of Mexico, they also drain capital from struggling immigrant communities in the United States.

Nearly 50,000 foreigners in US prisons; mostly Mexicans.  The number of foreign nationals in US prisons grew by 15 percent over three years, said a government study, which traced the growing US prison population.

Federal government will pay medical bills for illegal immigrants.  Health care providers can charge the government for emergency care provided to illegal aliens beginning Tuesday 5/10/2005].

One Mexican in every 11 emigrates to U.S..  One in every 11 people born in Mexico and still alive is a U.S. resident, and about half of these immigrants crossed the border illegally, according to a comprehensive report released Tuesday [6/14/2005].

Illegals estimated to number 18 to 20 million.  Could there be 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. today?  That's the estimate of a business analyst who has studied the impact of the nation's underground economy.

Texas Offers In-state Tuition for Illegal Aliens.  The Washington Legal Foundation charged that Texas is violating federal law by offering in-state college tuition rates to illegal aliens who live in Texas, while denying those same rates to nonresident U.S. citizens.

No Escaping a Lawsuit.  The families of seven illegal immigrants who died after being abandoned in a sealed truck trailer while being smuggled into the United States are suing the trailer manufacturer in federal court.  Specifically, the relatives claim that the manufacturer is liable for the deaths because there "were no warnings, instructions, decals or other means of warning of the dangers of transporting individuals inside the trailer."

Border Patrol grabs 1.15 million illegals in 2004.  U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 1.15 million illegal aliens last year trying to sneak into the United States between the nation's land ports of entry, more than 3,100 a day — a 24 percent increase over the year before.  The agents, part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), also made 8,577 drug seizures, confiscating 1.4 million pounds of illegal narcotics with an estimated street value of $1.62 billion, according to the figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.

Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget:  This study is one of the first to estimate the total impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget.  Most previous studies have focused on the state and local level and have examined only costs or tax payments, but not both.  Based on Census Bureau data, this study finds that, when all taxes paid (direct and indirect) and all costs are considered, illegal households created a net fiscal deficit at the federal level of more than $10 billion in 2002.  [The authors] also estimate that, if there was an amnesty for illegal aliens, the net fiscal deficit would grow to nearly $29 billion.

Problem bears feasting on illegal entrants' trash.  At least four bears have been destroyed this summer after encroaching on humans in southeastern Arizona, and biologists say the trash dumped by illegal immigrants is part of the problem because it acclimates the animals to people.

The criminal raid on Social Security:  Unbelievably, the White House is trying to convince us to embrace this global ripoff because it "rewards work."  No, it rewards criminal behavior.  The plan will siphon off the hard-earned tax dollars of American workers who may never see a dime of their confiscated earnings and fork it over to foreigners guilty of at least four acts of federal law-breaking:  crossing the border illegally, working illegally, engaging in tax fraud and using bogus documents.

The strain on America's health care system:

Is California Becoming Premodern?  Californians know that to venture into a typical municipal emergency room is to descend into a modern Dante's Inferno.  Medical facilities are overcrowded.  They can be as unpleasant as they are bankrupting to the vanishing middle class that must face exorbitant charges to bring in an injured or sick child.  No one would dare to connect the crumbling infrastructure, poor schools and failing public health care with the non-enforcement of immigration laws, which has led to a massive influx of undocumented immigrants from the poorest regions of the world, who often arrive without fluency in English or a high-school education.

Stephen Miller: 2020 Democrats Want to 'Sacrifice the Working Class' for Illegal Aliens.  [Scroll down]  As Breitbart News estimated, providing free healthcare to every illegal alien in the U.S. would cost up to $66 billion a year or $660 billion over a decade to American taxpayers.  Already, Americans are forced to subsidize illegal aliens' medical costs to the sum of almost $20 billion a year.  The Urban Institute's Linda Blumberg, a health insurance expert, told the New York Times that such a policy providing free healthcare for every foreign national who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border or overstays a visa would drive a migration of "people with serious health problems" to the country.

Trump Signs Order To Prevent Taxpayers From Subsidizing Health Care For Immigrants.  President Trump on Friday [10/4/2019] signed a presidential proclamation that will prevent U.S. taxpayers from being forced to subsidize health care costs of legal immigrants, who will need to have their own insurance.  In the new rule, which goes into effect Nov. 3, most foreigners who apply for visas will have to have their own employer-based health insurance or a non-subsidized private health insurance plan before they arrive.  The rule does not apply to refugees or those seeking political asylum or nonimmigrant visas.

WSJ/NBC Poll:  Healthcare for Illegals [is the] 'Least Popular' Policy in 2020 Race.  The most unpopular position in the 2020 Democrat presidential primary is a policy forcing American taxpayers to provide free healthcare for 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States, a new survey reveals.

Feds: Nearly 900 Migrants with Mumps Disease Arrived in U.S. Last Year.  Since September 2018, nearly 900 migrants arriving at the United States-Mexico border have been confirmed or suspected to have mumps, a federal report reveals.  A report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) details how the contagious mumps disease has spread across 19 states in 57 detention facilities among migrants — those illegally crossing the southern border and those seeking asylum.

Alzheimer's and cancer funds diverted to care for illegal immigrants:  Malkin book.  Even after spending billions of dollars this year, the federal government is running out of money to care for thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, forcing the diversion of funds for Head Start and Alzheimer's and cancer research, according to a new book from Michelle Malkin.

CDC: 898 confirmed mumps cases among illegal aliens in ICE custody since last September.  The job of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is to enforce immigration law and remove those who violate the laws.  Nothing more, nothing less.  But this past year, ICE was forced to become an ad hoc medical center to treat a highly contagious mumps outbreak, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Last week, the CDC published a report revealing that there were "a total of 898 confirmed and probable mumps cases in adult migrants detained in 57 facilities" since last September.  In addition, 33 staff members contracted mumps as well.

Mumps sickens hundreds of detained migrants in 19 states.  Mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September, according to the first US government report on the outbreaks in the overloaded immigration system.

It's a Good Thing I Don't Live in the Country with the 'Best Medical Care'.  [Scroll down]  I do not understand how any voter can consider electing someone who threatens to destroy the health care we now enjoy.  Medicare for all will eliminate private insurance and these moronic politicians also want to give illegal immigrants, who have no right being here to begin with, all the same benefits.  Open borders are just plain suicidal.  Speaking of that horrible word; there has been a rash of suicides in Britain of nurses who are overwhelmed by the NHS with long hours, low pay and shortage of qualified staff.  The NHS is dealing with an average of 1388 patients every three minutes.  Bernie Sanders and the other 2020 candidates expect taxpayers to empty their pockets for their utopian dream that simply will never exist.

California Gives Green Light to Health Care for Illegal Aliens.  California is the first state to allow taxpayer-funded health care benefits to go towards people residing in the U.S. illegally.  Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Tuesday which would allow low-income adults under the age of 25 to receive state Medicaid benefits through its Medi-Cal program regardless of immigration status.

Expert: Healthcare for Illegal Aliens Would Drive Migration of Foreigners 'with Serious Health Problems' to U.S..  A plan endorsed by nearly every Democrat running for president that would give free taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens would drive a migration of "people with serious health problems" to the United States, a health insurance expert tells the New York Times.

Donald Trump: 'We're Not in the Hospital Business' for Migrants.  President Donald Trump defended on Monday [7/1/2019] the treatment of detained migrants and illegal immigrants caught crossing over the border.  "We're not in the hospital business.  We're in the border security business at the border," Trump said.  "And all of a sudden, we're forced to be in the hospital business."  The president spoke to reporters about the flood of migrants crossing into the United States after signing a bill of emergency funding to improve the conditions of border detainment facilities.

Castro: 'We Already Pay for the Health Care' of Illegal Aliens - 'It's Called the Emergency Room'.  Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro told ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopolous" on Sunday [6/30/2019] that Americans already pay for the health care of illegal immigrants — "it's called the emergency room." [...] "And then third, it is the right thing to do.  We're not going to let people living in this country die because they can't see a doctor.  That's not who we are as Americans," he said.

The Editor says...
People who sneak into this country assume the risks for doing so.  We do not owe them free medical attention for their diseases or for the birth of their anchor babies.

U.S. Taxpayers Pay $18.5B a Year for Healthcare for Illegal Aliens.  During the second night of debates for the 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidates, every Democrat — including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg — said they supported having American taxpayers pay for free health care for all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the country.  The latest research by Chris Conover from the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University reveals that every year, American taxpayers pay nearly $20 billion for healthcare for illegal aliens.

The Editor says...
After laughing out loud, I can tell you that I've never heard of a Center for Inequalities Research (!) but I'm only a little surprised.  Why are inequalities worth researching?  What good came come from such a place?

Texas Medical Professional:  Migrants Quarantined with Unknown Disease.  A medical professional on the border in Texas told Big League Politics that the crisis is reaching fever pitch, with three individuals now quarantined at a privately-owned hospital in El Paso with an unknown disease.  The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not even been able to identify the disease the three migrants have, as the military guards the quarantine area.  "There were some Congolese people caught crossing the border, it was suspected they had Ebola.  In one facility there are three patients being held because they don't know what they have.  The CDC have been here to assess them.  They are isolated, they only have certain specialists who can see them," the medical professional tells Big League Politics.  "We've had an outbreak of mumps over here."  "What scares me is what happens if we someone come over here with Ebola.  We only need one person, and there's a pandemic."

Thousands of Illegal Aliens Infected With Contagious Diseases Detained At the US Border.  At one time mumps, chicken pox, and measles were eradicated in the United States.  Now with hundreds of thousands of Illegal Aliens flooding across the wide open southern border, from every country in the world, those infectious diseases have broken out across the US.  US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have placed 5,200 immigrants, who are infected with mumps, chicken pox, measles, and other infectious diseases, into quarantine in 39 immigrant detention centers nationwide.  The number of quarantined detainees has jumped dramatically from earlier this year; ICE Health Services reported that on March 7th, there were 2,287 detainees in quarantine for "exposure to contagious diseases".

5000+ Quarantined by ICE for Exposure to Infectious Diseases.  The Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Friday [6/14/2019] that more than 5,000 migrants exposed to infectious diseases have been placed in quarantine.  The agency said there have been cases of either mumps or chicken pox in 39 different detention centers.

ICE Quarantines over 5K Migrants for Mumps, Chicken Pox.  About 5,200 people have been quarantined after exposure to mumps and chicken pox in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, according to CNN.  About 4,200 detainees have been quarantined for exposure to mumps, 800 to chicken pox, and 100 to both, CNN reports.  The quarantine stretches across many of the 39 immigrant detention centers, where many await their deportation hearings.

U.S. Cities Overwhelmed With Numbers of Illegal Migrants Arriving From Ebola-Stricken Countries.  Some U.S. cities are becoming overwhelmed with the number of illegal African migrants arriving from Ebola-stricken countries, with Portland Maine complaining that they are beyond capacity.  Large groups of migrants are arriving from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been hit by one of the biggest ebola outbreaks in history, with 2,000 recorded cases in the last 10 months.

MS-13 Gang Member Used Chickenpox-Infected Toddler for Fake Family Claim.  An MS-13 gang member utilized an 18-month-old girl with chickenpox to make a fraudulent migrant family claim to gain entry into the U.S., federal officials said.  El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents found a migrant with a small child he allegedly claimed to be his daughter.  The child was determined to be infected with chickenpox, according to information obtained from El Centro Sector Border Patrol officials.

Democrats Fight For Open Borders As Illegals Bring In Crime, Diseases.  After revealing over 140,000 illegal aliens were detained or apprehended at the border last month, the Border Patrol is warning America's immigration system has already collapsed.  One America's Pearson Sharp spoke with Chris Harris, a retired Border Patrol agent, who says America will cease to exist unless we can defend our borders.  [Video clip]

South Texas holding center to reopen after 32 migrants get flu.  U.S. authorities say 32 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center on the Mexican border that was temporarily closed to stop the outbreak.

Watch aliens pour in illegally, bringing diseases & crime.  Non-Citizens are disproportionately committing crimes and illegal aliens are bringing in diseases, and pouring in at the rate of 4,000 a day from all over the world.  About 70 percent come from Central America after they see ads on TV.  Central American nations are clearing out their welfare recipients, grifters, and criminals.  Undoubtedly many are nice, but they are all destroying our sovereignty.

With illegals surge, Border Patrol officers are catching the measles and mumps and ...  That's the situation with the current border surge, which has seen 109,000 illegal migrants pour into this country without any vetting, medical screening, or paperwork in just the past month.  With little in the way of a wall, a Democratic Party that's encouraging mass illegal migration from abroad, a Democrat-led House that refuses to do anything to halt the current border surge, and numerous incentives from blue states for illegals to enter illegally, at least one end result is this effective standing order for Border Patrol agents to take the diseases the illegals they apprehend are bringing in with them, before releasing them to move about the country. [...] So much for the Democrats' supposed concern for the working man.  So much for Democrats' 'narrative' about being the party of OSHA, living wages, and humane working conditions, something the supposedly mean Republicans are supposedly all against.  Where's their concern for the unprotected Border Patrol agents subject to infectious diseases from unvetted migrants?

Joe Biden:  U.S. Has 'Obligation' To Give Healthcare To 'Undocumented' Immigrants.  Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a campaign stop in California on Wednesday that the United States has an "obligation" to give healthcare to illegal aliens.  "I think that anyone who is in a situation where they're in need of healthcare, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for," Biden said in Los Angeles.  "That's why I think we need more clinics around the country."

Thousands of Central Americans Being Released Without Proper Health Screenings.  We are being lied to.  Illegal aliens are being released in droves with communicable diseases, and they are not getting screened or vaccinated.  Yes, they are getting immediate medical attention to protect them, but not long-term screening to protect Americans from communicable diseases.  We the people do not matter.  It's worse than that.  I share with you a supposition I have based on conversations with border officials and examining some data that most of these illegal aliens aren't even asserting a credible fear.  Yet Border Patrol is being told to process them in anyway instead of sending them for expedited removal.

Infectious Diseases Making the Border Crisis Worse.  The so-called "anti-vaccination" movement has been in the news of late. [...] In the midst of this campaign, however, there has been scant attention paid to the dangers of our current border crisis as they relate to the outbreak of serious contagious diseases in the United States.  Interestingly, a recent article from Reuters ("Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants") failed to make the connection, although it spoke in explicit detail about detained aliens who were quarantined because of exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases.

Autopsy: Migrant child who died in US custody had infection.  The 7-year-old migrant girl from Guatemala who died while detained by the US Border Patrol succumbed to a bacterial infection, according to an autopsy released Friday [3/29/2019]. Jakelin Caal Maquin died on Dec. 8, a day after she and her father crossed the US border into a remote part of New Mexico in a group of 163 migrants.  She was the second child to die in Border Patrol custody in December, which sparked questions about the agency's ability to deal with migrant families.

Catch, and release, and catch the measles and mumps?  In a country as large as the U.S., previously eradicated diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough are making a big comeback.  Religious exemptionists are being set up to take the blame in the press.  The question that isn't being asked is how these epidemics coincide the current migrant surge from Central America, with tens of thousands of unvetted illegal aliens being released into the interior of the U.S. under catch and release.  There's a measles and mumps resurgence in some of those countries, and 1.5 million illegal aliens from largely those countries are expected to roll in here.  Why so incurious?  It's as if the press doesn't want to know, because it interferes with its "narrative."  But as the migrants surge in, the stories of measles and mumps resurging here are all over the local presses now.

Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants.  Christian Mejia thought he had a shot at getting out of immigration detention in rural Louisiana after he found a lawyer to help him seek asylum.

More than 2,000 migrants quarantined in US detention centers due to disease outbreaks raising concerns of limited access to lawyers.  Christian Mejia thought he had a shot at getting out of immigration detention in rural Louisiana after he'd found a lawyer to help him seek asylum.  Then he was quarantined.  In early January, a mumps outbreak at the privately-run Pine Prairie Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Processing Center put Mejia and hundreds of other detainees on lockdown.

More than 200 Georgia high school students called in to get tested for tuberculosis.  More than 200 Georgia high school students have been called into the school nurse to get tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the life-threatening, infectious disease.  A letter was sent to parents on Friday [3/1/2019] from the principal of Discovery High School, in Lawrenceville, notifying them of the teenager's condition.  The letter also revealed that students and faculty may have been 'in close and continuous contact' with the infected student, reported WSB-TV.

200 Cases of Mumps Confirmed in Texas Migrant Detention Centers.  Texas health officials report that nearly 200 people contracted mumps in migrant detention facilities located across the state so far this fiscal year.  Officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services stated that 186 people in migrant detention centers located in Texas had confirmed cases of mumps.  The cases impacted migrant adults and minors as well as detention center workers, the Texas Tribune reported.

Deputy city attorney says she contracted typhus at City Hall.  Deputy City Atty.  Elizabeth Greenwood was at work in City Hall East last fall when her shin began to hurt.  "I looked down and there were a couple of insect bites," Greenwood recalled.  She thought little of it at the time, she said, but within weeks she was gravely ill with what doctors would ultimately diagnose as the flea-borne illness typhus.

Stop Medieval Diseases With A Medieval Wall.  The media recently reported that Los Angeles County's ongoing typhus epidemic had infected Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood.  "Who gets typhus?  It's a medieval disease that's caused by trash," she wondered.  Greenwood is partially correct.  The typhus outbreak, like the hepatitis outbreak, was directly caused by social justice policies that legalized public vagrancy, and leaving trash and human waste on sidewalks.  The piles of trash, human waste and people combine to create horrifying diseased conditions.  Before Greenwood, many Los Angeles patients who had been diagnosed with typhus were indeed homeless. [...] America never had much of a history of typhus, but Mexico did.  And our brief episodes of typhus invariably involved immigrants and migrants carrying the disease from Europe or Mexico.  The first outbreak of the disease in this hemisphere occurred in Mexico back in the 17th century and there have been 22 major outbreaks since then, caused in part by refugees and crowded conditions.

Rats, Fleas, And Garbage Caused A Typhus Outbreak In Los Angeles.  Typhus is a bacterial infection which is spread by lice, chiggers, and fleas.  Usually, those pests find a home on rats.  The rats in most cases have a population boom because of excessive garbage.  And the disease infects people who come in contact with the rats.  That's what is driving the disease in Los Angeles where an outbreak has been traced to homeless encampments.

Flesh eating bacteria found on Central America migrant in Border Patrol custody.  A man who was in Border Patrol custody had to be treated for a flesh-eating bacteria.  The migrant who was already in custody at the Lordsburg, N.M. Border Patrol station told an agent Thursday [1/24/2019] about a growing rash he had.  He was taken to a medical facility for evaluation.  Officials said hospital staff diagnosed the him with a flesh-eating bacteria.  They said need more extensive treatment.

Family-Unit Apprehensions Surge; Sick Aliens Use Nearly 20,000 Hours of Agency Time.  In fiscal 2019, Customs and Border Protection "has seen a surge in Family Unit Aliens compared to the same time from last fiscal year by 280%. Fiscal Year 2018 was a record year and this year will surpass that if the current trend continues without any legislative fixes.  Overall apprehensions between the [ports of entry] are up 81%."  Many if not most of the migrants will file phony asylum claims, but the sheer number of people isn't the only problem.  Many of the illegals are sick, and when they land in large groups, they provide cover for smugglers to bring in drugs.

Cartels deliberately distract Border Patrol agents by using sick migrants, large groups as 'cover'.  The number of illegal immigrants who showed up at the U.S. border in need of medical attention has soared in recent weeks, even as the number of large groups has also surged.  Both trends are proving to be serious impediments to Border Patrol agents, who say they're being taken off line watch duties to either shepherd the sick as they go to the hospital, or have to process the groups of people — leaving other parts of the border unsecured.  In one large group of 247 people, 50 of them had to be taken to the hospital, requiring nearly every available agent to leave the field to tag along.

While Democrats dither over the border wall, deadly fentanyl floods our communities.  Fentanyl can strike anyone, at any age, on account of the unique method by which it can be absorbed: through contact with the skin.  A relative in the Drug Enforcement Administration warned me last year that, because of fentanyl's increasing use and availability, I should wipe the handle of any grocery cart I use.  He explained that people who have developed a tolerance to fentanyl may have handled the cart before me, and that the quantity required for the average adult to overdose and die is just 3 milligrams. [...] Our border crisis is real.  About 90 percent of heroin and 80 percent of fentanyl in the U.S. is sourced from Mexico.  While rehabilitation and addiction recovery services are a key component of the strategy for dealing with America's opioid crisis, we must also address the porousness of our border.

If President Trump were really a racist or a Nazi, then please explain these facts.  Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security Secretary, did absolutely nothing to protect our country from illegals entering the country unvaccinated with many having criminal records.  The devastation caused by the war in Syria created hordes of refugees fleeing their homeland to escape persecution by rebels and Syrian militants.  It didn't take long for diminished diseases like measles, polio, mumps, chicken pox and others to reappear.  Unvaccinated immigrants were settled in our schools without the necessary medical documents which were always required for entry to all schools.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom seeks to add more illegal immigrants to state health care plan.  Newly sworn-in California Gov. Gavin Newsom, vowing to provide "sanctuary to all who seek it," has proposed extending state health care coverage to more illegal immigrants living within the Golden State's borders.  Hours after assuming office, Mr. Newsom released sweeping health care proposals to raise the age limit for illegal aliens covered by Medi-Cal from 19 to 26, which would make California "the first state in the nation to cover young undocumented adults through a state Medicaid program," according to a Monday [1/7/2019] release from the governor's office.

Number of sick kids soars at border; tuberculosis, flu, infections land migrants in hospitals.  Border authorities are referring 50 people a day for urgent medical care, including tuberculosis, flu and even pregnant women about to give birth, a top official said Monday [12/31/2018], saying it's unlike anything they've ever seen before.  Most of those in need of care are children, and a staggering 28 percent are under age 5, having been dragged along for the trip by parents who in many cases are hoping to use the children as a shield against speedy deportation from the U.S.

Autopsy:  Dead Guatemalan boy had influenza.  New Mexico authorities say an autopsy performed on the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody shows he had the flu.

Here are the Most Egregious Fake News Stories of 2018.  [#29] Daily Beast claims migrants in caravan don't have diseases:  The Daily Beast claimed that there is "zero evidence" that members of the migrant caravan were bringing HIV and TB into the United States.  The Tijuana Health Department reported a handful of cases of tuberculosis, HIV and chickenpox among the caravan.  Officials with the Mexican state of Baja California disputed that there have been cases of tuberculosis, but confirmed that some migrants are carrying HIV and chickenpox.

DHS Raises Alarms of Growing Mobs of Sick Migrants.  Before the two children died in the past week, no one died.  That is a testament to the great — and expensive — medical care they receive at taxpayer expense.  Despite the obvious invasion, Democrats won't lift a finger to secure the borders.  They also don't care that the people are sick.  Many have serious, contagious diseases.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) investigate the cause of the growing number of sick migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, officials revealed to reporters Wednesday morning [12/26/2018].  A DHS official told reporters that "literally dozens" of sick migrants are being transported to hospitals across the border each day.  There are growing numbers of children showing illness are present in border patrol custody.

Will CDC Trace Polio-Like Outbreak or Just Shout 'Racism'?  The diagnosis of the first cases of AFM, acute flaccid myelitis, in the United States were in 2014, after the dispersal of thousands of Central American children into American schools.  Readers more likely will recall that at the same time there was an outbreak of a deadly respiratory illness that put hundreds of America's children in intensive care.  "Both types of symptoms can probably be caused by enterovirus D68, which happens to be endemic in Central America," opines Dr. Jane Orient.  Are the state's epidemiologists — whose job it is to trace and terminate outbreaks of contagious diseases — following these connections?  An outbreak necessitates the tracing of "Patient Zero," the "single individual who bears the unknowing responsibility for having introduced the disease" to a certain population.

Media Buries Key Facts to Conceal Migrant Health Threat — TB, Hepatitis, HIV.  Here's a great example of the mainstream media distorting information to promote a liberal agenda, an act that is especially pervasive when it comes to immigration coverage.  A story published by NBC news, and reiterated by various other outlets, claims illegal immigrants don't bring disease into the United States. [...] [B]uried deep in the news article the reporter offers this important nugget from the study, only after writing that migrants are less likely than people in their host countries to die of heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and other ills:  "The exceptions are hepatitis, tuberculosis and HIV."  Last we checked those are deadly diseases and Judicial Watch has interviewed medical experts that confirm illegal immigrants do indeed pose a serious public health threat to the U.S. by bringing dangerous diseases into the country.  This includes tuberculosis, dengue and Chikungunya.

Reporter Takes Photo Record of Migrants Leaving Filth & Disease.  There are well over 6,000 Central American migrants camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, but with overcrowding and torrential rains heading in, city officials were forced to herd them onto buses to take them to another shelter about 15 miles further away from the border.  Some refused to leave because they want to stay close to the border, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.  Reports say the migrants were conned by leaders, but the con, according to many, was that they could come into the country illegally with ease.  About 2,267 migrants are being treated for health issues, ranging from respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other serious issues.  Over 100 were reported to have lice and other skin infections.

Tuberculosis and chickenpox and AIDS, oh my.  Democrats like to swoon over the sad plights of the suffering masses making their way to America's border right now, saying the poor people of points south are simply trying to do right by their families: find suitable jobs and safe homes and so on.  That's easy to do from the safe distance of Washington, D.C., and that leaves them blind — not to mention immune — to the diseases of these migrants, to the health problems of these wanna-be immigrants.

Lice, hepatitus, TB, chicken pox, scabies plague a third of the caravan migrants - and now there's rain.  As I write this from San Diego, the rain is pouring outside my window, a rare winter rain brought on by an offshore tropical storm blowing in from the west.  It's heavy, dripping, dropping rain, and it's getting the entire region good.  Normally, rain is a cause for rejoicing in these parts, because drought is the norm, and rain makes everything turn green.  But you don't want to be out in that rain, which is where the Tijuana caravan migrants are, just south of San Diego, soaking up rain, mud, germs, cold, bacteria, viruses — and picking up diseases.

Some Caravan Migrants Have HIV/AIDS and TB, Say Mexican Authorities.  Mexican officials stated that more than one-third of the 6,000 caravan migrants currently living in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California, are being treated for health-related issues.  Some are being treated for infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and chickenpox.  The Tijuana Health Department warned that many of the migrants residing in their city are presenting serious health issues, Fox News reported on Thursday morning.  A spokesman for the agency said that more than 2,200 of the estimated 6,000 caravan migrants are currently being treated.

The Migrant Caravan of Diseases.  As the media is incurious about the migrant caravan and illegal immigrants beyond their tweets of outrage and framing the story in a way to inflict maximal damage on President Trump, let's take a closer look at those migrating to our southern border.  Where are the migrants coming from and what diseases might they be bringing to America? [...] Polio has been eradicated in much of the world, but is still endemic in three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  Polio has also reemerged in the socialist paradise of Venezuela, as reported by CNN.  How many migrants are fleeing the Venezuelan hellhole, bringing who knows what with them?

Open Borders Bring a Higher Risk of Disease.  The Immigration and Nationality Act mandates that all immigrants and refugees undergo a medical screening examination to determine whether they have an inadmissible health condition.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has technical instructions for medical examination of prospective immigrants in their home countries before they are permitted to enter the U.S.  They are screened for communicable and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, and HIV.  They are also tested for syphilis, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted diseases.  The CDC also has medical screening guidelines for refugees.  These screenings are usually performed 30 to 90 days after refugees arrive in the United States.

Illegal Alien Convict Accused of Sex Abuse Bankrupts County with $1M Taxpayer-Funded Medical Bills.  A previously convicted illegal alien accused of sexually abusing an underage girl whom he is related to is racking up close to $1 million in taxpayer-funded medical bills while in Utah prison.  A report from the Salt Lake Tribune reveals the extent to which illegal aliens cost the American taxpayer.  Gerardo Valerio-Romero, a 49-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested and charged with sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl who is a relative of his.  While in the custody of Utah County, the illegal alien was diagnosed with cancer and began receiving treatment.

McDonald's, tossed salad, and toilet paper.  Americans are encouraged to embrace diversity and be culturally sensitive to those who have flouted our laws and invaded our nation.  Meanwhile, illegal aliens arriving in America have no such requirement.  Instead, trespassing tribes relocate, and when they do, rather than assimilate, they transfer habits and activities indigenous to the countries from whence they migrated.  Thus, Americans suffer from illnesses that are easily traceable to third-world bathroom habits (TWBH) and lack of hygiene in the developing world.  It's not news that illegals work in restaurants as food-handlers.  These restaurant workers migrate from countries where, prior to kneading tortilla dough, post-toilet hand-washing is not required.

The Cost of Providing Health Care to Illegal Aliens.  The most objective piece of writing on illegal immigration to emerge from the legacy media last week appeared under the title, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It's Time to Give Trump His Wall." It was penned by Andrew Sullivan, of all people, yet he admitted something few progressives have really accepted:  "He won the election.  He is owed this."  Sullivan's regular readers will reflexively disagree, but his reasoning is irrefutable.  So, most will have to revert to the "prohibitive cost" canard.  In reality, the wall will easily pay for itself in savings to our health care system.  The cost of the border wall has been projected by numerous entities, and the estimates vary wildly.  The Trump administration and the GOP congressional leadership have estimated its cost at $12 billion to $15 billion.  Senate Democrats claim that the price tag would be $67 billion.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has projected the cost at $21.6 billion.  Going with the Trump administration figure, the savings to our health care system should pay for the thing in a decade.  Using the DHS figure, it will take far less time than a typical mortgage.  Specifically, about 20 years.  This depends on what we pay for the health care we provide to illegal immigrants and how many will be stopped by the wall.

Study: American Taxpayers Spend $18.5 Billion a Year on Health Care for Illegal Aliens.  According to a report published by Forbes, health care for 3.9 million uninsured illegal aliens costs American taxpayers $18.5 billion annually.  Of that total, $11.2 billion in federal taxes went to subsidizing care for illegal aliens in 2016.  Though current policy prohibits the use of federal tax dollars to fund Medicaid or Obamacare for illegal aliens, with the exception of emergency cases, loopholes in the system have enabled illegal aliens to indirectly receive $2.8 billion of health care funding through state-only Medicaid programs and another $4.6 billion from federal taxes.  New York, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and California all extend state-only funded Medicaid to illegal aliens.

Abortion Ruling Grants Right To Pregnant Illegals.  An Obama-appointed federal judge made a ruling on Friday [3/30/2018] that declares abortion a constitutional right for illegal immigrants in custody, even if they are underage.  Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. claimed that her ruling is the response to the Trump administration having "too many hurdles in the path of teen girls," and by this, she means such young women who have immigrated to the United States illegally.  There is an obvious danger in allowing such a practice.  By permitting pregnant women to have their babies aborted in the United States, it will encourage illegal immigration even further.  This is a threat to national security, the sanctity of life, and the financial health of the country's economy.

NYC Health officials show 86 percent of TB cases are among immigrants.  In 2017, reported cases of deadly tuberculosis rose by an unexpected 10 percent in New York City.  According to the city's health department, it was the biggest increase since 1992. While tuberculosis is usually associated with the lungs, it can also infect and invade the brain, bones, kidneys, spine, and other organs.  The contagious disease, if left untreated, can be deadly. [...] While there were 556 cases reported in 2016, that number jumped to 613 in 2017, according to the Health Department.  Tuberculosis reached a peak of 3,811 in 1992.  No explanation was offered by health authorities in a notice to medical professionals on Monday [3/26/2018].

Hospital Reverses Policy About Denying Illegal Immigrant Liver Transplant After ACLU Pressure.  An Oregon hospital contacted an illegal immigrant on Tuesday and told her she could not be on the liver transplant list.  The hospital stated it "requires proof of lawful presence for transplant services."  Now the hospital has done an about-face after the ACLU and others applied public pressure.

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Evidently the ACLU expects the U.S. taxpayer to provide extraordinary surgery to anyone who can sneak across the border.  This is another reason to deport every single illegal alien as soon as they are discovered.

Aging, undocumented and uninsured immigrants challenge cities and states.  Early on a recent morning, men huddle in the Home Depot parking lot, ground zero for day laborers on the hunt for work.  Cars pull into the lot, and the men swarm.  Among them is Marcos, at 65, wiry and bronzed with a silvery smile.  He's been in the country illegally for 20 years, working construction and landscaping, doing whatever he can get, whenever he can get it.  When he's sick, he just rests, because — like most undocumented workers — he doesn't have insurance.  "I don't know if I have high blood pressure," he said, laughing ruefully, "Because I don't check.  Doctors, you know, are expensive."

That Teenage Illegal Immigrant That Got An Abortion?  Now She's Seeking Mental Health Treatment.  Remember in late October when a teenage illegal immigrant girl in Texas who was pregnant with a 16-week-old baby decided she wanted an abortion, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump Administration, which was trying to save the baby?  The girl said through the ACLU, "People I don't even know are trying to make me change my mind.  I made my decision and that is between me and God."  Guess what?  According to the government, after killing her baby, the girl is seeking mental health treatment.

Up to 266 possibly exposed to TB at Durham school.  As many as 266 students and staff at Northern High School may have been exposed to a student with tuberculosis.

Black Death Resurfaces in Multiple Northern Arizona Counties.  The plague, also known as "the Black Death" killed somewhere between 75 and 200 million people as a result of international trade, commerce and transnational shipping.  The disease was thought to be spread by fleas and parasites carried by rats.  The global population took over 400 years to recover.

Plague Is Found in New Mexico.  Again.  The New Mexico Department of Health said this week that two women were found to have plague, bringing the total number of people this year in the state known to have the disease to three.  All three patients — a 63-year-old man and two women, ages 52 and 62 — were treated at hospitals in the Santa Fe area and released after a few days, said Paul Rhien, a health department spokesman.  Health officials in New Mexico have more experience with plague than many might expect:  Every year for the last few years, a handful of people in New Mexico have come down with plague.  One person has died.

Diseased Illegals Spread Norovirus to 32 Schools in Yolo County California.  As Northern California continues to welcome in illegal aliens by the thousands, disases like the Norovirus has spread to 32 schools in Yolo Country of Northern California.  This is Moonbeam Jerry Brown and the California's Democrats dream of open borders in action.

Minnesota Dept of Health needs $5 million to fight infectious diseases in immigrant population.  Hey, since many of the refugees and other immigrants now causing expensive infectious diseases to spread in the state are a result of Obama's migration policy, maybe he could contribute his $3 million speaking fee to Minnesota as a partial payment to handle the crisis!  Here is the latest news generated by the recent Measles epidemic in Minnesota.  As of Tuesday there were 50 diagnosed cases, most (45) are in the 'Somali community.'  And, we are told that refugees don't cost state and local taxpayers a dime!

Seven cases of measles reported in L.A. County.  Los Angeles County public health officials said this week that they're investigating seven cases of measles, a contagious disease that in rare cases can lead to brain damage or death.

Was Nebraska student diagnosed with TB in November a refugee?  I'm wondering if the problems with the US Refugee Admissions Program will hit home once families in resettlement towns and cities find that their kids have to be tested for TB!  And, I've wondered for a long time if volunteers who work with refugees are given instructions on how to stay safe and keep their families safe when interfacing with newly arrived refugees.  Does anyone know?

More than one-third of refugees in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis.  Data from the Vermont Department of Health show that more than one-third of refugees resettled in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis.  Since 2013, about 900 refugees admitted to the Green Mountain State have been tested for tuberculosis, a potentially fatal infectious disease affecting the lungs.  Of that number, 318 refugees, or 35.4 percent, tested positive. obtained the health data on Wednesday [6/2/2016] following reporting by Stateline that the disease may be making a comeback in the United States.

First 13 cases of deadly fungal infection emerge in US.  Thirteen cases of a sometimes deadly and often drug-resistant fungal infection, Candida auris, have been reported in the United States for the first time, health officials said Friday [11/4/2016].  The infection, which often spreads in hospitals and other health care settings, can invade the ear canal, urine and bloodstream.  Four of the US patients diagnosed with the infection have died, although the precise causes remain unclear, the CDC said.

Hillary's 'open borders' means yet more disease in U.S..  Clinton's "dream" presumably means the southern U.S. border would be a conduit for untold millions of migrants.  It is in stark contrast to the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, who has committed to building a secure border wall to improve security for the United States and improved protection for citizens.  One may argue that more "openness" between Western Hemisphere countries might possibly have some benefits, but the risks to the health and safety of Americans are far greater than the few benefits and are more serious than have been discussed in the media and at the three presidential debates.  Just what are those risks?  Three major ones are:
  •   cost burdens on American taxpayers;
  •   terrorism; and
  •   contagious diseases.

296 Refugees Diagnosed with Active TB in Minnesota, Ten Times Any Other State; Majority Are Somalis.  Two hundred and ninety-six refugees were diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) between 2010 and 2014 in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.  Seventy-one were diagnosed within one year of their arrival, while 225 were diagnosed after the first year.  The number of active TB cases reported among refugees arriving in Minnesota is ten times higher than reported in any of the fourteen other states that have released refugee TB data to the public, or made it available to Breitbart News.

Obamacare firm fined over taxpayer-funded birth care for illegals.  A major Obamacare provider has been fined more than a half billion dollars for using bribes to cash in on illegal immigrant mothers who get taxpayer-funded Medicaid birth services, according to the Justice Department.  Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare agreed to pay $513 million in the bribery scandal.  According to Justice, Tenet and two subsidiaries paid Hispanic health care providers to refer pregnancy cases to their hospitals, where they could run up the Medicaid tab by calling the maternity cases emergencies

Leprosy Scare in California Elementary School.  Two elementary school children may have Hansen's disease — better known as leprosy — health officials in Riverside County, California, say.  Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease affecting the skin, eyes, upper airway, nerves, and mucous membranes that is potentially disfiguring if left untreated.  The disease, which is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, occurs in children under the age of 10 in up to 20 percent of cases, but can occur at any age.  According to the Los Angeles Times, nursing staff at Indian Hills Elementary School in Jurupa Valley notified county officials of the suspected infections on September 2.

California Health Official Silent on Immigration Status of Leprosy Patient.  When you ask your child a question and they refuse to answer, you know the answer is something you do not want to hear.  So, when the California Disease Control agency is asked what is the immigration status of the child with leprosy and told that is a question that can not be answered — you know the answer is that the child is a refugee and the health was not vetted prior to being brought by Obama to the U.S.  No not a terrorist — just a kid with a contagious disease that is serious.

Tests confirm Jurupa Valley child has leprosy.  Lab tests have confirmed that a Jurupa Valley child has leprosy, or Hansen's disease, Riverside County public health officials reported Thursday, Sept. 22.  The findings by the National Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Laboratory Research Program in Baton Rouge, La., supported a local doctor's diagnosis that a student at Indian Hills Elementary School had leprosy.  A second student who may be related to the other child also had been diagnosed with the disease, but lab results did not confirm that the second person has leprosy.

If Islamic terrorists don't scare you, Tuberculosis should!  Michael Patrick Leahy writing at Breitbart reported yesterday [9/13/2016] on yet another case of active Tuberculosis in the refugee flow to America.  I will wager that the vast majority of Americans have no idea that refugees are walking around sometimes for weeks and months with TB (even active TB) interacting with you in schools, stores, and in the workplace.

Parents Demand Answers After Jurupa Valley Leprosy Scare.  Parents and students in Jurupa Valley could be dealing with a rare disease from the Middle Ages.  Scared parents were demanding more information Tuesday after letters were sent went home to parents saying two students at Indian Hills Elementary in Jurupa Valley "might" be sick with leprosy.  School officials say the letter was sent Friday out of what they called, an abundance of caution.  Some parents refused to send their children to school Tuesday [9/6/2016] after receiving the warning from the Jurupa Unified School District.

Jurupa Valley classrooms sanitized after leprosy report.  An outside company has decontaminated the Jurupa Valley elementary school classrooms used by two students after one of their parents reported they have leprosy, which is now being investigated by a national leprosy lab, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 6.  The two cases of leprosy were diagnosed by a doctor but are considered unconfirmed by the Riverside County public health department and Jurupa Unified School District.

School warns parents that some students might have leprosy.  Leprosy, the dreaded Middle Ages disease once believed to be a punishment from God, might have afflicted students in Southern California, officials said.  The Jurupa Unified School District — in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles — sent a letter home with kids last week, saying it had an obligation to keep parents informed about the disfiguring skin disease.  "The school district has received an unconfirmed report that two students at Indian Hills Elementary School have been diagnosed with Hansen's disease (leprosy)," according to the letter inked by district superintendent Elliott Duchon.

TB Spiked 500 Percent In Twin Falls During 2012, As Chobani Yogurt Opened Plant.  The number of active TB cases in the eight county Idaho public health district that includes Twin Falls jumped 500 percent between 2011 and 2012.  One case of active TB was diagnosed in the South Central Public Health District that includes Twin Falls in 2011, and six active TB cases were diagnosed there in 2012, the year Chobani opened the world's largest yogurt factory in the small southern Idaho city with the help of $54 million in federal, state, and local financial assistance.  That same year, 2012, the percentage of active TB cases in Idaho that were foreign-born spiked to 80 percent, or 12 out of 15, up from 50 percent in 2011, or 6 out of 12.  As Breitbart News reported previously, the percentage of active TB cases in the country that are foreign-born is 66 percent.

The Backward Pull of Islamic Health Practices.  [Scroll down]  How far back have we been pulled?  To the 7 century yet?  Not quite, but we're headed in that direction.  We've got invaders sweeping across Europe, and to a lesser degree (though not less enough) the United States, importing a host of highly communicable diseases, many of which had been eradicated in the West long ago, such as syphilis and tuberculosis, along with diseases unfamiliar to the West.

Obama's Illegal Aliens:  Importing Deadly Third World Diseases.  Even as exotic new diseases and nearly-eradicated old ones keep popping up across the nation, the Obama administration is unconcerned, or some would say, recklessly indifferent, to the public health threat that Third World illegal aliens pose to the American public.  This isn't an observation from would-be GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump or some wild-eyed rube — it's a devastating criticism that comes from two public health experts at the government's own Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  It comes as deadly diseases surface or make a comeback in the U.S. Among those ailments are tuberculosis, pneumonia, paralysis-causing acute flaccid myelitis, dengue fever, swine flu, and enterovirus D68.

Eleven Refugees Diagnosed With Active Tuberculosis Around Akron, Ohio.  "From 1/1/2010 through 12/31/2015, 37 cases of tuberculosis (both pulmonary and extrapulmonary) were reported in Summit County," Dr. Margo Erme, medical director of Summit County Public Health, tells Breitbart News in an email.  Of those, "16 were US-born" and "21 were foreign-born." Of the 21 foreign-born, "10 did not come into the US on refugee status, 11 came into the US on refugee status," Erme says.

Ohio: Active TB in refugees there too!  There is money involved in refugee resettlement and local elected officials and their cronies are figuring out how to tap it!  It is your money as developers look to the taxpayer-funded gravy train coming from Washington! [...] Along with the money (for special people) comes other problems, including frightening health risks for all of us.

Measles Outbreak Traced to Unvaccinated Border Staffers.  Health officials in Arizona say the largest current measles outbreak in the United States is in part because some workers at a federal immigration detention center refuse to get vaccinated.

Arizona now has largest measles outbreak in U.S..  Health officials in Arizona attribute the largest current measles outbreak in the United States in part to the refusal of some workers at a federal immigration detention center to get vaccinated.  Authorities have confirmed 22 measles cases in Arizona since late May.  All stem from the Eloy Detention Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility managed by the private Corrections Corp. of America.  Pinal County health director Thomas Schryer said that the outbreak probably began with a migrant but that detainees have since been vaccinated.  Persuading employees to get vaccinated or show proof of immunity has proved more difficult, he said.

Arizona Is Home To The Largest Current Measles Outbreak In America.  Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection that causes a severe rash and flu-life symptoms.  Worldwide, it affects more than 20 million people every year, but outbreaks have become scarce in the United States with the advent of the measles vaccine, first developed in the 1960s.  In 2000, the disease was formally eradicated in the United States, meaning it no longer naturally occurs within the country's borders.  Unfortunately, there are still occasional cases being brought over by travelers, and in recent years, the anti-vaccination movement has made potential outbreaks much more potent than they'd be otherwise.  Including, most recently, in Arizona.

Wisconsin the Refugee TB Capital of US: Twenty-Seven Cases in Two Years.  Twenty-seven recently resettled refugees were among the 117 cases of active tuberculosis (TB) diagnosed in Wisconsin in 2014 and 2015, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  That makes the Badger State the new refugee TB capital of the United States.  Wisconsin replaces Louisiana as the state with the most reported cases of active TB among recently resettled refugees in the country.  As Breitbart News has reported previously, twenty-one cases of active TB were diagnosed among recently resettled refugees in Louisiana between 2011 and 2015.

Migrants Bring Multi-Drug Resistant TB to Wisconsin.  Two refugees and a foreign student on a visa brought multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009 and 2011, according to a 2014 article in an epidemiology publication written with the cooperation of the doctors who treated them.  The introduction of MDR TB to the United States represents a serious public health threat, since its successful treatment is uncertain and very expensive.  Active TB can usually be treated successfully in six to nine months at a cost of $17,000 per patient, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but MDR TB treatment costs more than $150,000 per patient and can take between 20 and 26 months.  The six to nine month treatment regimen for active TB, which has been standard practice in the United States for some 50 years, involves a combination of four drugs:  rifampin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol.

State officials concealing number of "refugees" with contagious TB.  Epidemiologists at the Vermont Department of Health are concealing the number of refugees with contagious active tuberculosis nearly a month after Watchdog reported that more than one-third of Vermont's resettled refugees test positive for TB.  Earlier this month, Watchdog revealed that 35 percent of Vermont's incoming refugees in the past four years tested positive for tuberculosis.  How many of those cases are contagious and symptomatic, however, remains a secret, as state epidemiologists and top officials at the Health Department have spent weeks blocking efforts to obtain the data.  Refugees brought to the United States take TB tests as part of comprehensive health screening.  For refugees resettled in Vermont, the Department of Health's Refugee Health Program monitors test results and treats patients who have active TB disease.  Unlike latent tuberculosis infection, active TB disease is contagious, symptomatic and even deadly.

Seven Refugees With Active TB Sent to Idaho.  Seven refugees with active tuberculosis (TB) were diagnosed shortly after their resettlement in Idaho between 2011 and 2015, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.  This makes Idaho the seventh state to confirm to Breitbart News that recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB.

More active TB cases in the refugee population, Colorado this time.  If you haven't been following the great investigative work that Breitbart reporter Michael Patrick Leahy is doing getting information to the public about the FACT that refugees are permitted entry into the US with Tuberculosis (and other communicable diseases), you should.  Islamic terror attacks understandably make the news, but in the long run the return of diseases (thought to be virtually non-existent) and the arrival of parasites into the US should cause you to lose sleep especially if you are in one of 200 plus 'welcoming' American towns and cities.  Who do you think will be paying for all of the healthcare?

35 Percent of Refugees in Vermont Positive for Latent TB.  Thirty-five percent of the 901 refugees resettled in Vermont by the federal government between 2013 and 2016 tested positive for latent TB infection, according to data provided to Vermont Watchdog by the Vermont Department of Health.  Officials with the Vermont Department of Health, however, refused to tell Vermont Watchdog how many of these refugees, if any, arrived with the active or infectious form of TB, or are currently being treated for active TB.

The Viral and Deadly Diseases of Legal and Illegal Immigration.  According to the latest Census, illegal immigration has exploded 57 percent in less than two years, with at least 550,000 new undocumented aliens pouring into America in a trend that is set to continue growing.  In an analysis of the numbers, the Center for Immigration Studies found illegal and legal immigration have reached over 1.5 million a year, a new 15 year high, and a 39 percent increase over 2013.  Since 2014, 3.1 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) have settled in the United States.

Phyllis Schlafly: Diseases Cross Open Borders.  The spread of the Zika virus has become so alarming that more than 150 health experts from over a dozen countries published an open letter urging the postponement or relocation of the Summer Olympics scheduled for August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Never before in world history have the Olympics been cancelled due to a public health crisis.  "The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before," the scientists warned.  They added that an "unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic."

Health care for illegals: $18.5 billion per year.  [Scroll down]  Some basic math reveals that in 2000, illegal immigrants accounted for $6.45 billion of national medical spending.  Since 2000, "national medical spending" has increased by about 162% (i.e., a factor of >2.6), and the share of the U.S. population from illegal immigrants has — if we take the likely underestimates at face value — increased to 3.5%.  Consequently, crunching the numbers, we arrive at a projected current annual cost from providing health care to illegal immigrants of $18.5 billion.

More on Tuberculosis in US refugee population, feds keeping it secret.  I was about to quit posting for the day and try to answer some e-mails when I spotted yet another story about TB on the rise in America and it is pretty clear that the rise is a result of the increase in the immigrant population.

Is Tuberculosis a ticking time bomb in refugee/migrant flow to America?  While we fixate on a terrorism threat coming from not thoroughly vetted refugees, could there be a more likely security and safety risk with the myriad diseases permitted entry into the US in the refugee population (and in the stream of Unaccompanied Alien Children)?  In fact, when I first began writing RRW, it was a shock to learn that the Allen County (Indiana) health department was being overwhelmed by the number of TB cases among the newly resettled Burmese refugees.  Treating them was breaking the health department's budget.  Be sure to see the Minneapolis Star Tribune of only a week ago where we learn that after 20 years of decline, the US TB rate is moving upward.

22 Percent of Resettled Refugees in Minnesota Test Positive for Tuberculosis.  One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state's Department of Health.  Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

Illegal Immigrants Account for $10.7 Billion of Nation's Health Care Costs, Data Show.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that "illegal immigrants are not covered" in the health care reform legislation that is now working its way through House committees.  But when asked about illegal immigrants who go to public hospitals for care, Pelosi told CNN's State of the Nation on Sunday the law requires that they be treated.  The cost of treating illegal aliens amounts to nearly $11 billion a year, according to calculations done by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a non-profit group that opposes illegal immigration.  And that cost is not expected to go away if a health insurance reform bill becomes law.  "If you're in this country illegally, should you be able to get health care?  CNN's John King asked Pelosi.  "No, illegal immigrants are not covered by this plan," she replied.

CDC Official Warned Staff of Health, Safety Risks During Influx of Illegal Alien Minors.  A government official warned employees deploying for the influx of illegal immigrant minors about health and safety risks because the new arrivals would have tuberculosis and some were young adults — not children — like the Obama administration proclaimed, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch.  "We might as well plan on many of the kids having TB," states a June 26, 2014 guidance e-mail from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) environmental health scientist, Alaric C. Denton, as the agency prepared to handle the crisis.  "Most of these kids are not immunized, so we need to make sure all our staff are immunized.  Denton, who is stationed at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, predicts in the directive that the agency will be overwhelmed pretty quickly and that screening requirements will be hard to keep up with.

'Epidemic Alert' As Doctors Diagnose Outbreak of Highly Contagious, Deadly Disease Among Migrants.  A former luxury hotel-turned migrant centre in Austria is the site of an outbreak of a deadly bacterial disease which has seen at least one migrant put into intensive care.  The outbreak of louse-born relapsing fever is just the latest re-emergence of diseases long thought exterminated in Europe, carried back to the continent by a great migratory movement of millions of people from Africa and Asia.  Particularly associated with Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia, the extremely contagious bacteria causes severe illness and can be fatal in 30 to 70 percent of cases, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

HHS: Immigrants with HIV, STDs welcome.  The Department of Health and Human Services this month opened the borders to those with the STDs, deeming the communicable diseases not a big threat to the United States.  A report from the Center for Immigration Studies said that HHS does not believe that the costs to taxpayers to handle the immigrants with STDs will be significant.  Now, said the Center, the list of inadmissible communicable diseases only includes syphilis, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, and leprosy.

When foreigners bring disease across the border.  When facing the massive problems associated with an open border, deluges of illegal immigration, and now even government sponsored surges of so-called "refugees," we naturally must discuss our concern about terrorism and violent crime.  That, however, is only part of the threat.  The uncontrolled and chaotic violation this nation brought to us by President Obama's immigration and refugee schemes pose a number of threats to the homeland as insidious and deadly as the Islamic jihadi.

Why are many diseases back, decades after being wiped out in the U.S.?  An E. coli epidemic in Seattle and Kansas City and 19 other states?  TB in New York and Manassas, Virginia?  Leprosy in New Hampshire?  Dengue Fever in Laredo?  What's going on here?  If you think data about illegal alien crime is hidden from public, just try to find information on the contagious diseases brought across our borders by illegal aliens from nearly 100 countries.  If we survey the anecdotal and sporadic official data of the past fifteen years, there is no doubt we are being invaded daily by dangerous diseases.  There is good reason to believe the government is minimizing this risk as part of its disinformation campaign to sanitize illegal immigration and to portray all critics as "anti-immigrant."  Although the U.S. Border Patrol publishes frequent reports on the number of individuals apprehended crossing the border, no agency publishes reports on the diseases they bring with them and then carry into our communities.

Emergency rooms are becoming the only dialysis option for the undocumented.  Increasingly in Memphis, and around the U.S., emergency rooms are becoming the source of specialized medical care for undocumented workers.  Not only is it not the best option, medically, it's adding an expensive burden to hospitals forced to cover the cost because they can't legally turn away uninsured.

Hundreds of deported immigrants with mental disabilities may return to US.  Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were deported from the U.S. after representing themselves in court may be allowed to return to the country under a settlement approved by a judge Friday [9/25/2015].

Obama's Illegal Aliens are Importing Deadly Third World Diseases.  Even as exotic new diseases and nearly-eradicated old ones keep popping up across the nation, the Obama administration is unconcerned, or some would say, recklessly indifferent, to the public health threat that Third World illegal aliens pose to the American public.  This isn't an observation from would-be GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump or some wild-eyed rube — it's a devastating criticism that comes from two public health experts at the government's own Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  It comes as deadly diseases surface or make a comeback in the U.S. Among those ailments are tuberculosis, pneumonia, paralysis-causing acute flaccid myelitis, dengue fever, swine flu, and enterovirus D68.

Emails Reveal CDC Officials Slamming 'Marxist' Obama During Illegal Immigrant Influx.  Emails recently obtained by Judicial Watch reveal disgusted CDC officials griping about the president of the United States, describing him as "the worst pres we have ever had," an "amateur" and a "Marxist."  The two officials traded the emails on June 9, 2014, when the Texas border was being overwhelmed with a massive influx of illegal immigrant minors.  Another email dated June 18, 2014, shows a CDC intelligence analyst describing the situation as a "Leave No Child on the other Side of the Border Policy," referring to the Bush-era education law known as "No Child Left Behind."

Importing a Potential Epidemic.  By now most Americans are familiar with the Obama administration's ongoing effort to force-feed amnesty for illegals to a largely recalcitrant American public.  The most egregious part of this effort occurred during last year's border "surge" when the administration not only embraced the admittance of tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) into our nation, but the purposeful and secret dispersal of them into all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  What Americans don't know is that the Obama administration ignored Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that apply to legal immigrants and prevent the unvaccinated, or those with a "communicable disease of public health significance," from entering the country.  As a result, it is quite possible the outbreak of unknown diseases or those mostly eradicated in the U.S. for quite some time is no coincidence.

California Won't Be Able to Pay for All That Free Healthcare for Illegals.  California is working hard to facilitate illegal immigration while other states are looking at immigration enforcement.  They're giving away freebies, including healthcare.  California is a one-party government, like the old Soviet Union, and there's little in the way of effective opposition.  They like to spread around other people's money especially to poor illegal aliens.  Californians already offer health services free or at low cost to the uninsured, low-income residents who don't get it under Obamacare.  Several counties offer the same healthcare to illegal aliens.

Illegal Immigrant with Drug-Resistant TB to Be Released into US, say Congressional Leaders.  On Friday [4/3/2015], Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, along with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary Saldaña warning them not to release an illegal immigrant with drug-resistant tuberculosis into the general public.

More than 2 dozen people test positive for tuberculosis at Kansas school.  More than 300 Olathe Northwest High School students and staff members were tested after coming into contact with an infected student.

28 Students Test Positive for TB; Media Mum on Cause.  More than 300 Olathe Northwest High School students and staff members were tested after coming into contact with an infected student.

TB Tests Positive for 27 Students at Kansas High School.  Health officials reported that 8 percent of the students and staff at a Kansas high school have tested positive for a tuberculosis infection.  At least 27 people out of 300 tested at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas, were positive for the infection, according to a statement from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.  The testing started after an active case of tuberculosis was reported on March 5, according to the local health department.

Those Other Diseased Illegal Immigrants.  While concerns are rightly focused on the infectious disease risk to United States citizens via illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America, illegal immigrants from other regions also threaten the health of legal American residents.  In addition to the large Mexican and Central American illegal immigrant population in the U.S., there are also hundreds of thousands of illegals from countries such as the Philippines (310,000 as of the latest Homeland Security estimate for 2012), India (260,000), South Korea (230,000), China (210,000), Ecuador (170,000), Vietnam (160,000), and about another 1.8 million from other countries.

Vaccination Rates Among Immigrants Are a Legitimate Concern.  The spread of measles in the United States is undoubtedly driven by insufficient vaccination among natives.  But this does not mean that the vaccination rate among immigrant groups is unimportant, or that one must be "anti-immigrant" to worry about it.  In fact, low vaccination rates in the United States, regrettable as they are, make it all the more important to be vigilant about what diseases may be carried across our borders.  It is probably not a coincidence that the current outbreak has been traced to Disneyland, which is a common destination for international travelers.

Ben Carson Blames Measles Outbreak On 'Undocumented People'.  Potential 2016 candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who has expressed support for strict vaccination policies, on Tuesday [2/3/2015] linked the measles outbreak in California to undocumented immigrants.  CNN's Jake Tapper asked Carson if parents' decisions not to vaccinate their children led to the outbreak.  "It is a good example of what happens," Carson responded.  But he then suggested that the outbreak may have started with undocumented immigrants.

Did [the] Border Crisis Trigger [a] Measles Outbreak?  The sudden outbreak of measles across the United States raises questions about how the disease arrived in the country after it was eradicated here in 2000.  A quick review of the U.S. State Department visa requirements for immigrant visas reveals that applicants must be vaccinated for measles prior to their approval.  Measles vaccination is not required for tourist visas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nor is it required for any other disease.  That leaves three possibilities. [...]

Measles, Virus and Disease — President Obama's Infectious Legacy.  In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control had thought that measles were eliminated in the US, but starting in 2008, cases began to climb.  In 2014, the number of cases exploded to over 600, more than all reported cases between 2009 and 2013.  The CDC also reported that cases reached a 20-year high in 2014.  The CDC determined that the number of cases grew in the US due to an influx of foreign immigrants.  There is no treatment for measles once it is contracted.  Patients should stay hydrated as they ride the illness out.

Blaming Mickey and Other Measles Scapegoats.  Unwilling to put the blame on the thousands upon thousands of unaccompanied minors that Obama encouraged to migrate north last summer or the possibility that an illegal visiting Disneyland is the source, is the CDC actually suggesting the culprit might be a travelling American, or a visitor from overseas, or perhaps Dumbo or even Mickey Mouse?  The CDC is saying "We assume that someone got infected with measles overseas, visited Disneyland park, and spread the disease to others."  In other words, it could have been absolutely anyone, from anywhere!

CDC "very concerned" about potential for large measles outbreak.  Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said his agency is "very concerned" about the possibility of a large measles outbreak in the U.S. because of the growing number of people who have not been vaccinated against the disease. [...] There are at least 102 reported cases of measles in 14 states, according to CDC statistics.

Maybe The Government Should Stop Lying.  Measles is a nasty disease and one for which there is an effective (but not perfectly effective) vaccine.  You're nuts if you are not vaccinated against this.  But — there's a problem.  We allow undocumented immigrants into this country, including children, and guess what — many of them are unvaccinated.

Another 'Eradicated Disease' Invading U.S..  Dengue hemorrhagic fever has been added to the list of diseases brought by the surge of "unaccompanied minors" who have illegally entered the U.S. this year. [...] The WHO has documented that before 1970, only nine countries had experienced severe dengue epidemics.  The disease has been diagnosed in more than 100 countries in Africa, Latin America, Indonesia, the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.

Illegal Immigrants Faking Crimes To Stay In Charlotte.  A U-Visa is good for four years and just filling out an application can delay or stop deportation proceedings altogether.  Not surprisingly, that's led to a flood of applications at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, where they have had more than 700 thus far in 2014.  But it's also opened the door to fraud.

Another Component of Obama's Legacy: Chagas Disease.  Obama's legacy includes more than the recklessly irresponsible if not deliberate importation of Ebola and enterovirus D-68 into the USA.  Let's not forget Chagas disease: [...] Barack Obama has brought 60,000 children from these countries into the US in this year.  Obama not only brought them in, almost certainly helping to coordinate their transport up through Mexico (considering that the Administration knew in advance how many were coming and when they would arrive).  He quickly distributed the potential vectors to all 50 states and even the US Virgin islands before they could be deported.

Recently Arrived Illegal Alien Minors Spread Deadly Virus.  Virtually nonexistent in the U.S. before the recent influx of illegal alien minors, the lethal Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is associated with severe respiratory illness and is known to come from Central America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from mid-August to the end of October state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,105 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.  What the agency conveniently omits is that the deadly virus was first discovered in cities with large numbers of relocated illegal immigrant minors, officially identified by the government as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

Is A Quest For The Latino Vote Really Worth Unleashing Enterovirus?  Is winning new Democratic voters worth the sickening and even death of children?  A new report provides evidence that illegals are spreading enterovirus as a result of Obama's open-borders policy.  If so, it's one of the worst derelictions of duty yet by a White House that's permitted lives to be sacrificed — from Benghazi to the Fast and Furious scandal — for political ends.  Late Friday [10/31/2014], the Daily Caller assembled a long report showing genetic and statistical evidence that links a sudden upsurge in the deadly Enterovirus D68 with its polio-like symptoms to the flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors through our unguarded southern border this year.

How Much Cholera Will Obama's 100,000 Haitians Bring to America?  Obama is doing so well managing Ebola that he wants to step up the game by introducing some Cholera to it with his plan to bring in 100,000 Haitians. [...] The benefits for the Democratic Party are obvious.  The benefits for America much less so.

Illegals Now Bringing in Leprosy.  For the first time in Ohio history, a prison inmate has been diagnosed with leprosy, state corrections officials said Thursday [10/16/2014].  The inmate, whose name was not released, was diagnosed with the chronic bacterial infection on Tuesday at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  The infected prisoner is a native of Micronesia, a region of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and has served time at three other Ohio prisons since 2011, according to Stuart Hudson, the DRC's managing director of health care and fiscal operations.

Reported Source of New Virus Killing Kids: Obama's "Unaccompanied Alien Children".  A disease that was once rare in the U.S. is killing Americans, and its rise coincides with the tidal wave of unaccompanied minor children arriving from Latin America under our de facto open-border policy.

How an Obama Administration Policy is Destroying Lives.  Government health officials haven't offered any explanation for the unusual outbreak.  The Centers for Disease Control has pointedly refused to disclose the states where children have died or even specific locations of outbreaks.  State and local officials are similarly closed mouthed.  Except for suggesting routine precautions, public officials largely refuse to offer any details whatsoever, and in some cases have spread misinformation.  And the media seem incapable of penetrating the wall of silence, simply repeating the official narrative.  But there is significant, almost irrefutable evidence that this outbreak is the direct result of this year's illegal alien invasion from Central America.

CDC denies enterovirus link to illegal-alien kids.  The CDC denies a causal link between the surge of illegal-alien children from Latin America and the enterovirus D-68 outbreak in the United States, but government data show the virus was rare in the U.S. before this year.

Scott Brown: Anyone with Ebola can 'walk across' our 'porous' border.  When I reported the other day that GOP Senate candidate Tom Cotton had claimed ISIS is collaborating with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate the border and kill Arkansans, a number of folks joked on twitter that if Cotton had thrown Ebola into the mix, he would have hit the Fox News Trifecta.  It turns out that at least two GOP Senate candidates are, in fact, linking Ebola to the border, and using that double jolt of fear to attack Dem Senate incumbents.

General: If Ebola Reaches Central America, 'There Will Be Mass Migration into the U.S.'.  [Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly] also said with certainty that "there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa."

BP Agent: Nothing Done To Secure Border From Ebola, Apprehensions at 30%.  Border Patrol Agent and National Border Patrol Council #3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera said that "nothing" has been done to secure the border in the event the Ebola virus spreads to Central America, and that the apprehension rate on the border was down to about 30% on Thursday's [10/9/2014] "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on the Fox News Channel.  Cabrera said, "I agree with that 100 percent," when asked whether he agreed with Marine Corps General John Kelly that there would be a "mass migration" to the US if the Ebola virus spread to Central America.

Disease plagues illegal immigrants; lack of medications, basic hygiene blamed.  Communicable diseases continue to be a problem at the New Mexico facility built to house illegal immigrant families surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, and the immigrants themselves aren't taking their own health care very seriously, according to an audit released Monday [10/6/2014].  While the Border Patrol is doing a good job of handling the surge of illegal immigrant children traveling alone without their parents, the families who are being housed at a special facility continue to have health problems and trouble using the bathroom, the Homeland Security inspector general said.

Polio-like illness claims fifth life in U.S..  At least five children infected with the respiratory illness known enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have died in the U.S. in the past month.  The lastest confirmed victim was a four-year-old New Jersey boy, Eli Waller.  He died at home on September 25.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the cause of death Friday night.  But health officials say they have no idea how he contracted the virus.  A health official says Eli was "asymptomatic and fine" when he went to bed but died overnight.  He had no known preexisting immune weakness.

Fifth Child Dies To Support President Obama's Illegal Immigration Goals:
Illegal South American Immigrants Introduce Deadly Virus To U.S. Children.  Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.

Immigration Expert: Obama Admin Responsible For Letting Ebola Patient Into U.S..  [Scroll down]  The statute explicitly states that "any alien" or legal immigrant or visitor, "who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services) to have a communicable disease of public health significance" or someone who is "who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the [Secretary of Homeland Security])... to have a physical or mental disorder and behavior associated with the disorder that may pose, or has posed, a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others, or" is considered to be "inadmissible."

Ebola Yes, Bagpipes No.  Thomas Eric Duncan has the distinction of being America's Patient Zero — the first but not the last person to develop Ebola symptoms in the United States.  Is he a US citizen?  No, he's Liberian.  Is he a resident of the United States?  No, he landed at Washington's Dulles Airport on September 20th, in order to visit his sister and having quit his job in Monrovia a few weeks earlier.  So he's a single unemployed man with relatives in the US and no compelling reason to return to his native land.  That alone is supposed to be cause for immigration scrutiny.

Obama Stubbornly Refuses Ebola Travel Ban.  The calls are growing louder for the Obama administration to ban travel from countries dealing with Ebola virus outbreaks.  But, throwing caution to the wind, the White House refuses to even entertain this common-sense first step to protect the United States from experiencing an outbreak of its own.

We Gambled with Ebola and Lost.  Ebola has reached our shores from Africa.  Dozens of children are reportedly suffering paralysis from a deadly virus with unknown origins.  Medical providers across the country have warned of a looming public-health crisis as communicable diseases spread unmonitored and uncontrolled.  Other countries are cracking down.  But America is stuck on open-borders stupid.  The Diversity Visa (DV) program, to take just one glaring example of government insanity, is still going.  On October 1, the State Department opened the annual DV random lottery to applicants from around the world.  Yes, it's completely random, like a Powerball drawing.

Obama proven wrong, wrong, wrong about Ebola in just 2 weeks.  I can't remember a time when trust in government was as low as it is today. Obama now has a reputation as a liar, with the great lies of Obamacare ("If you like your doctor...) forever his legacy. [...] And now with epidemics imported from abroad threatening our health (not just Ebola but Enterovirus), the public has every reason to be distrustful of those offering advice and reassurances.

Ebola Fumble: Obama Fails to Use Legal Power to Deny Entry.  As the Ebola epidemic has spread through West Africa over the last several months, President Obama has not used legal powers he possesses to help prevent the deadly virus from entering the United States.  Federal law gives the president the power to issue a proclamation to seal the borders to any class of aliens who pose a threat to the United States.  The law is broad enough that Obama could have issued a proclamation months ago denying entry to any foreign national from the countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria or Liberia.

'Mystery Illness' Striking Kids Across The Country.  While most folks have had their eyes diverted by the Ebola scare, another illness is hitting hundreds of kids especially hard this year.  Some have become paralyzed by the illness, and others have died.  Calling it the "mystery illness," doctors say it is a strain of viruses called Enterovirus 68, and it has hit kids from California to the East Coast.  First diagnosed in the U.S. in 1962, the virus has been rare here.  But this year it has exploded for unknown reasons.

CDC Refuses to Directly Answer If Ebola Patient A US Citizen.  Tuesday [9/30/2014] during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press conference, which confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden refused to directly answer if the man who traveled from Liberia to Texas earlier this month was a citizen of the Untied States.

Open Borders Medical News: Bubonic Plague and Tuberculosis Outbreak in U.S. Southwest.  It's not just an issue of terrorists wandering into the U.S., it's a range of health hazards thought long ago conquered domestically.

A New Border Surge Opens Us To Surge Of Epidemics.  Secretary of State John Kerry warns of a new surge of illegals, just as Central America is being hit by a new wave of epidemics.  No doubt about it:  President Obama's open-borders policy is exposing us to disease, too.

Little [is being] Done About New Diseases Coming Up From [the Mexican] Border.  Amid applause, President Obama has made fighting Ebola in Africa a military priority, to protect U.S. health.  So why is he doing nothing about the raft of new diseases that may be rolling in from our unguarded border?  'We can't dawdle on this one," the president intoned this week, announcing that he would be putting 3,000 boots on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in a $600 million rescue effort for three nations badly hit by the dreaded Ebola epidemic.

Ebola crisis: Yes, we need to help but is Obama ready to keep Americans safe?  America is silently acquiescing to President Obama's extraordinarily expensive and flawed plan to fight Ebola in West Africa.  Tuesday [9/16/2014], Obama announced he is committing $763 million dollars and 3,000 military personnel to taming the outbreak that so far has killed 2,400 people.  Though help is urgently needed there, the plan does too little to protect Americans.  Obama said nothing about temporarily banning commercial air travel between the U.S. and West Africa, in order to help prevent Ebola from coming here.  Some 220,000 residents of West African countries have visas that permit them to enter the United States.

Doctor: Gov't 'Tight-Lipped' on Respiratory Virus, May be From Illegals.  Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reported that the government has been "real tight-lipped" about the mysterious respiratory illness that has struck children in the United States, expressed concern that the illegal immigrant minors from Central America could be the source, and argued that the government should devote more resources to border security to combat the spread of disease on Wednesday's "Laura Ingraham Show."

Cases of rare and severe respiratory illness enterovirus 68 confirmed in 14 states.  Health officials say 14 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus — enterovirus 68 which is marked by severe breathing problems and will continue to infect children in more states.

The Immigration Problem: What Are The Health Risks?  Troubling facts concerning health risks related to the wave of illegal immigrants who are crossing our southern border are coming to light despite efforts by the government to keep Americans in the dark. [...] Proponents of accommodating this newest influx of foreigners try to say this immigration wave is no different from those in the past.  They are wrong.  Historically, immigrants who legally sought entry to America (such as those through Ellis Island) went through a structured process that checked them for communicable diseases.  In some cases, those found to present a health risk were quarantined until they no longer proposed a threat.  In other cases, they were sent back to their country of origin.

Hordes of Illegal Aliens Are Sinking Boston Suburb.  When the Obama Regime refused to say where it has been hiding the thousands of largely underage illegal aliens it has been allowing into the country, the curious set about trying to find them.  A massive outbreak of respiratory illness among children in 10 states provided one clue.

Schools Ordered To Waive Health, Immunization Rules For Illegals.  The Virginia Department of Education issued a memo to its 132 divisions this week outlining how schools should handle the expected influx of more than 2,850 illegal immigrant children.  In addition to giving them "homeless" status, which comes with benefits under the Homeless Assistance Act, the state is also ordering schools to "immediately enroll" the students and waive the health and immunization requirements of other students.

The Invasion of Enterovirus EV-D68.  For starters, Ohio, California, and Kansas are just a few of the states already struggling to contain measles outbreaks.  Now, in addition to measles, more than 1,000 children in 10 states — Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia — have suddenly become infected with a rare respiratory virus, not seen in the U.S. since the 1960s, called human Enterovirus EV-D68.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that the rare strain is related to the same rhinovirus responsible for causing the common cold.  The dire prediction is that in the coming weeks and months, Enterovirus EV-D68, origin unknown, is due to spread to all 50 states and afflict great numbers of otherwise healthy children.

Is Thinking Obsolete?  Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.  Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease.  Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country.

Border agents, family members infected with diseases through illegal immigrant contact.  KFOX14 obtained the July 30 report from the Office of the Inspector General, which states that Border Patrol personnel at the Clint Station in El Paso County and Santa Teresa Station in Dona Ana County reported they were potentially exposed to tuberculosis.  The report also states:  "DHS employees reported exposure to communicable diseases and becoming sick on duty.  For example, during a recent site visit to the Del Rio USBP Station and Del Rio Port of Entry, CBP personnel reported contracting scabies, lice, and chicken pox.  Two CBP officers reported that their children were diagnosed with chicken pox within days of the CBP officer's contact with an unaccompanied minor who had chicken pox."

Are We Being Lied To? — Detainment Center At Artesia New Mexico Claims Lockdown Due To Chicken Pox.  A few days ago we shared the Washington Times story about a facility in New Mexico being closed due to a Chicken Pox outbreak. [...] Is the Chicken Pox story a cover for the more troublesome Tuberculosis outbreak?  Is the New Mexico quarantine really because of Chicken Pox?  If so, why didn't they quarantine the facility as they began x-ray screening for the 89 active skin-test TB cases ?

Unaccompanied illegal immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, report says.  In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents' exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities.  The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona and California during July 1-16.  "Many UAC and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies," said the memorandum summarizing the report.

Illegal immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, report says.  Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General.  In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents' exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities.

Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border.  The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can't provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them — often by air — to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.

Obama is Recklessly Endangering the Entire Country by the Intentional Release of Communicable Diseases.  The Obama administration has pursued a policy of reckless endangerment by allowing tens of thousands of illegal aliens to enter the United States in direct violation of our sovereign immigration laws.  It has been documented by the federal government that swine flu and pneumonia outbreaks have been a result of this policy.  Tuberculosis, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, Chagas disease and chicken pox have been verified by US border patrol agents.

Outbreak on the Border.  The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue.  However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the base.  The pneumonia cases and meningitis scare last weekend followed two cases of H1N1 swine flu among other child immigrants — one at the California base and another in Texas.  The virus caused a global pandemic in 2009, but officials said it is considered less dangerous than the pneumonia and initially suspected meningitis outbreak that began over the past weekend.

Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized with Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant.  A Border Patrol agent from the Laredo, Texas, Sector has been hospitalized for seven days with bacterial pneumonia, which the agent contracted while processing illegal immigrants, officials from National Border Patrol Council 2455 tell National Review Online.  Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of NBPC 2455, says the agent is expected to have chronic asthmatic symptoms for life, according to information relayed by the agent.

Surge Of Undocumented Minors Includes Pregnant Mothers.  The thousands of undocumented minors in U.S. detention facilities includes an unknown number of pregnant teenaged immigrants.  The pregnant minors have been moved into longer-term shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide federally funded health care.  As many as 90,000 undocumented minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are expected to enter the United States this year.

Are you ready for a TB epidemic?  Is stupidity or malevolence behind the policy of distributing Central American illegal alien children around the country among the general population?  The question must be asked because alarming numbers of these unfortunates are carrying tuberculosis, a lethal disease that had largely been eradicated from the United States.

America's Impending Tuberculosis Epidemic.  One of the things that changes you, when you become a parent, is the body of knowledge you acquire to protect your spouse and children including things like knowledge of infectious diseases in public schools. [...] In the 1920s TB was the eighth leading cause of death for children 1-to-4 years old.  Since then American public health has been so effective in preventing it that the USA no longer has any "herd immunity" to TB.  This "catch and release" illegal alien policy is horrible from the infectious disease point of view in that phlegm or aerosolized sputum that are contaminated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis are active biohazards that have long latent infection periods.  This makes "exposure" very easy.

Border Doctor: Previously-Deported Illegal Alien with Tuberculosis Ignored by Feds.  Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet — a preventive medicine physician and former Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) — has practices in Arizona and Texas.  Vliet claimed that one of her patients, whose name can not be disclosed for confidentiality reasons, called her with fears that the TB-positive immigrant was putting other lives at risk.  Vliet said her patient informed her that ICE and DHS would not take the illegal immigrant — who was previously deported but is now back in the U.S. — into custody.

Doctor Speaks Out Against Feds Silencing Medical Staff on Border.  Early in July it was revealed that doctors and nurses were allegedly threatened with arrest if they disclosed any information about the diseases discovered in federal housing facilities for illegal immigrants.  Many on the left have claimed that by speaking out about their work at the facilities, medical personnel would be violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which "protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information."

Border Patrol personnel infected by illegal immigrant flood.  Along with piteous pictures of children flooding across our borders and being distributed across the country courtesy of US taxpayers come disease vectors.  Maybe flying them around to various parts of the country isn't the smartest idea.

The Editor says...
If the government intends to deport the unaccompanied children (with or without a hearing), then why are they being distributed to the interior parts of the country?  If 10,000 of us sneaked into Mexico, would we be flown to Mexico City?

Border Agent Contracts Scabies After Handling Undocumented Immigrants.  A border patrol agent was diagnosed with scabies after processing undocumented immigrants in Otay Mesa, California, the agent's union representative said.  Ronald Zermeno, health and safety director for the National Border Control Council union, said the agent told him that he observed several people with open sores while screening them in preparation to be released to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Scabies is caused by a mite that burrows into skin and lays eggs, causing an intense itching and rash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Starnes: Sources Say TB Cases Being Found in Immigrants at TX Facilities.  On Fox and Friends this morning [7/7/2014], Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes revealed more tuberculosis infections are being found at camps in Texas that are housing illegal immigrants.  According to Starnes' sources, at least three cases of tuberculosis were found at facility near Austin, while at least four more cases were confirmed in teenagers at a refugee camp at Lackland Air Force Base.  He described the situation at Lackland as "far worse."  The disease can spread quickly in tight quarters. Starnes said it's unclear whether these infections are the drug-resistant type of TB, but that strain is said to be common in Central America.

Letter: Illegal Aliens Who Exposed Border Patrol Agents to Scabies May Have Been Released into Population.  Illegal aliens presumed to have exposed border patrol agents in San Diego, California, to scabies may have been released into the general population, according to a July 4 letter from Ronald Zermeno, director of Health and Safety of a local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing Border Patrol agents.

At Least Two 'Border Kids' Have Swine Flu.  [Scroll down]  But some of the fears being expressed were more specific.  Those were the ones that involved communicable diseases — leprosy, tuberculosis, whooping cough, and the other usual suspects you often hear a lot about when you write about immigration.  We're talking about the kind of sicknesses that those of us who live in the United States usually have the luxury of not having to think about — until the Third World crashes the back gate.  The worry was that these border kids from Central America were either bringing in diseases, or contracting diseases while locked in unsanitary and overcrowded holding cells, and then spreading them to other children and incarcerated youth.  At least those viruses could be somewhat contained.  The real worry was those children who had — by mid-June — already been relocated around the country, to unsuspecting communities as far away as California and Pennsylvania?  What then?

Illegal Immigration Bio-Warfare.  In Murrieta, [California,] over the last few months, over 500 illegal aliens a week are being released into the general population, many of these people are children, without a medical screening.  Last weekend that number changed to 200 every 72 hours.  They are being shipped in from other areas around the country to our holding facility, where they do not have the room to house these people, much less give them a proper processing above checking to see if these invaders are known criminals.

Doctor: Risk Of Diseases Brought By Migrants Not Being Taken Seriously.  Earlier this week Breitbart Texas reported on a confirmed case of the Swine Flu, or H1N1, at a facility for young migrants in San Antonio, Texas.  Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet — an experienced physician and nationally recognized speaker — told Breitbart Texas that the risks from such diseases being brought over the border are being dramatically downplayed.  Vliet said, "Many people are trying to diminish the seriousness of this.  They say, 'We have these diseases in the U.S.' Well yes, we do, but they've been well controlled, we have good hygiene, and most of our parents keep children home when they're sick."  Most of the border minors are being kept in overcrowded facilities ridden with poor hygiene; this is the ideal condition for a viral outbreak, according to Vliet.

Illegal Alien Flood Brings Killer Swine Flu Back into Texas.  The federal government is reportedly now shipping 2,000 H1N1 vaccines to Lackland AFB to prevent an outbreak.  By the way, Lackland AFB would be a terrible place for an outbreak to occur.  It's only where every single new Air Force recruit undergoes basic training.  It's also where Air Force officer candidates get trained.  It's in San Antonio, Texas' second largest city, and a trade hub between Texas, Mexico and the rest of the country.

Homeland Security Sec: Feds Screening Illegals For 'Contagious Diseases'.  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday that the federal government is screening illegal immigrant children flooding across the United States-Mexico border for contagious diseases.  Numerous doctors have expressed concerns that the border crisis can lead to a public health crisis.

Texas Immigration Center [is] a Magnet for Disease.  A Border Patrol official says he's concerned the medical screening at the Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, has grown so porous that a new superbug will make its way into the United States through the station.  Albert Spratte, the sergeant-at-arms of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, says the medical screening process involves separating people into one of three separate classifications.  If a person claims to be sick, he or she will see a doctor.  If a person does not claim to be sick, but an Emergency Medical Technician looks at the person and determines he or she has symptoms of some sort of illness, that person will also see a doctor.  But a person who does not claim to be ill or is not displaying symptoms may or may not be seen.

Doctors Warn Of Looming Health Crisis Due To Flood Of Young Illegal Immigrants.  In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Dr. Jane Orient, an internal medicine specialist and the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), said that by admitting these huge groups of children who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not seen in years.

Immigration Crisis: Tuberculosis Spreading at Camps.  Are the thousands of illegal immigrant kids housed in detention facilities happy and well fed — or are they living in disease-infested compounds shrouded in secrecy?  Well, it depends on who you ask  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across the southern border are remarkably healthy.  It's a sentiment shared by BCFS — the Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

The Editor says...
If the grubby little urchins from Central America are "remarkably healthy," then we in the United States are wasting a lot of money every year on vaccinations.

Immigration Bedlam.  Chaos.  That summarizes the situation on America's southern frontier, as well as Obama's freeing of almost 104,000 illegal-alien criminals last year.  He clearly doesn't [care] about shielding Americans from the public-health and public-safety dangers posed by those who breach the border, including deadly felons now walking American streets.  Waves of unaccompanied children are washing over the border with growing intensity.  And many are bearing dangerous diseases.  Illegals are heading into the general population, even after testing positive for tuberculosis.

Scabies-Infected Illegal Immigrants Pass Infestation To US Law Enforcement.  Several U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector have reportedly contracted scabies from contact with detained illegal immigrants.  According to a report by Action 4 News, about 10-15 percent of apprehended illegal immigrants have scabies in the RVG area.  "A lot of people [are] coming in with the disease, and it seems to be spreading, not just within the McAllen station, but throughout the Valley and to some of our agents," Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, told the local media outlet.

Feds Spent $26.2 Million On Medicare Advantage For Illegal Immigrants.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has improperly paid millions of dollars to Medicare Advantage organizations on behalf of illegal immigrants.  In a new report released Friday [4/25/2014], the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed that for calendar years 2010 through 2012, CMS provided $26.2 million in improper payments to Medicare Advantage organizations for 1,600 "unlawfully present beneficiaries" — or nearly $16,375 per illegal immigrant.

Do Liberals Care if Third World Illnesses Infect Americans?  The Biblical scourge of leprosy, a "slow-growing bacillus... parasite with a tropism for peripheral nerves, skin, and mucous membranes... upper respiratory tract, anterior chamber of the eye, and the testes," is also within our borders.  In 2002, there were only 900 total cases of leprosy in the US.  In the next three years there were 9,000, mostly in states with the largest immigrant populations. [...] So, a word to the wise:  the next time a French fry falls on the table in the food court or the handle of a shopping cart is grabbed, remember that along with open borders and liberal politicians come diseases and various deadly pathogens either formerly eradicated or never endemic to the US in the first place, are waiting for a new host, and you are nominated.

Undocumented immigrants to strain safety-net hospitals in Connecticut.  Undocumented immigrants are expected to make up a larger share of Connecticut's uninsured population next year, putting "new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals" that provide emergency care to everyone, state and national health experts predict.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage options for legal immigrants, but those in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for Medicaid, even if they are poor, or buy coverage at Access Health CT (the new insurance marketplace), even if they have cash.  That means undocumented residents without coverage will continue turning to local emergency departments for care at a time when Connecticut hospitals face the loss of millions of dollars in federal and state subsidies to help defray the cost of uncompensated care.

Illegal Aliens Demand Free Organ Transplants.  Illegal immigrants have boldly demanded everything from civil rights in the U.S. to driver's licenses and government benefits such as welfare and discounted tuition at public universities, so why stop there?

Child birth calls ring in from border.  San Diego Fire and Rescue crews were called to the San Ysidro border crossing for nearly 160 childbirth emergencies in 2012 — one almost every other day. [...] There are no statistics on how many of the moms being rushed by emergency crews to local hospitals are U.S. citizens, as federal laws prohibit emergency crews and hospital teams from asking.  Babies born under the circumstances are U.S. citizens as a birthright.

Centennial Man Calls $7,000 Per Hour E.R. Bill 'Outlandish'.  [Scroll down]  Dr. Mark Earnest, a professor of medicine and health policy with the University of Colorado, said families like the Josephs also face inflated bills to compensate for all the patients who pay nothing.  "If you've got 30 to 40 percent of the people who pay nothing, the people who do have some ability to pay pay a lot more to cover the other guys."  Earnest says estimates of the people who use ER services but cannot afford to pay runs between 30 and 70 percent.

Arizona taxpayers pay for 53% of births.  Arizona taxpayers foot the bill for the delivery of more than half of all babies born here, a growing trend with a $200 million-plus annual price tag that has caught state leaders off guard — even though the numbers have been rising for more than a decade.

Health care law ignores illegal immigrants; hospitals may get stuck with the bill.  Hospital leaders told The New York Times they're wary of terms in the health care reform law that will eventually halve the amount of money they receive for caring for uninsured people without addressing the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, most of them lacking insurance.  Emergency rooms are required to take in all patients, insured or uninsured, under a federal law signed by President Ronald Reagan.

Sneak across the border and get a free checkup!
Illegal Aliens Find Detention in U.S. May Be Good for Their Health.  The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is touting the "quality" medical care it provides for 15,000 illegal aliens who are housed at 21 detention facilities throughout the nation.  "A detainee's health care begins the moment they walk through the facility's doors," said Dr. Jon Krohmer, assistant director for ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC).

Illegal Aliens, Endless Health Care Bills.  An illegal alien just completed 12 surgeries and a record 374-day stay in a Fresno hospital.  For him, it was "free" health care.  But for taxpayers, the hospital and patients who ultimately pay, it's another big bill.

HHS Awards $8.5 Million in ObamaCare Money to 25 Migrant Health Centers.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that it has awarded $28.8 million to 67 community health centers with funds from the Obamacare health reform law.  Of that $28.8 million, "approximately $8.5 million will be used by 25 New Access Point awardees to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers," Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Spokeswoman Judy Andrews told  HRSA is a part of HHS.

Outwitting Lethal Government Policies.  [Scroll down]  If you live on the Texas border, or in fact anywhere in the Southwest, pay close attention to epidemics breaking out across the line.  As of 2010, we may add southern Florida to this list.  In July 2010, the Centers for Disease Control released the results of a study showing that up to 20% of the inhabitants of the Keys had been exposed to Dengue Fever, also known as "bonebreak fever" for the pain it causes.  Dengue is returning to endemic status in Texas after being banished by DDT.

Whose responsibility is the health care of illegal immigrants?  Fifty-one people — nearly all illegal immigrants — are facing a "life-or-death limbo" after a cash-strapped Atlanta charity hospital decided it must stop providing them free kidney dialysis treatments that were costing the hospital (or rather taxpayers) $50,000 per year.

The "Myth" that Health Care Reform Won't Cover Illegal Aliens, Is Itself a Myth.  Nowhere does H.R. 3200 say that illegal aliens are ineligible to enroll in the proposed "public option."  To the contrary, Section 202 provides that "all individuals" are eligible for benefits offered through the government exchange unless they are enrolled in another health insurance plan.

Obamacare for Illegal Aliens.  Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in America — except those who break our immigration laws.  Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called "public health insurance option."  Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure.

More about socialized medicine in general and Obamacare in particular.

Myths, Lies and Stupidity About Health Care:  Here's a quick profile of those who are uninsured.  Ten million of the uninsured are illegal immigrants — which, by the way, doesn't mean they don't get health care.  Walk into virtually any emergency room in California and illegal immigrants are the bulk of the population.  Education costs and health care costs for illegal immigrants compose between 16.4 percent and 20.5 percent of California's budget deficit.

California counties cut healthcare to illegal immigrants.  Forced to slash their budgets, some California counties are eliminating nonemergency health services for illegal immigrants — a move that officials acknowledge could backfire by shifting the financial burden to emergency rooms.

Study:  Illegal immigrants' care costs state $677 million.  The state of Texas and local hospital districts spent an estimated $677 million to provide health care to illegal immigrants in a year, a new study says.  The survey, issued by the Texas Jealth and Human Services Commission, said that most of the money — $597 million — was spent by local hospital districts for the immigrants' care during the state's fiscal year that ended on Aug. 31, 2007.

Immigrant case puts hospital in a bind.  A Wichita hospital is in a quandary — trying to find long-term care for a charity case involving a patient who is an illegal immigrant.  One local health provider says problems such as this could become more common because of the growing number of illegal immigrants in Kansas. … The hospital usually admits about 40 people a month.  Patients typically stay about 25 days, said Billy Blasingame, the hospital's chief executive.  The patient, a middle-aged woman, has been at the hospital almost four months.

Illegal Immigrant Births — At Your Expense.  [A Mexican woman is] rushed to a south Texas hospital to undergo a C-section — a $4,700 medical procedure that won't cost her a dime.  She qualifies for emergency Medicaid.  She gave birth to a healthy, 8½ pound baby boy — born in America. … It's a "better" life … that American taxpayers help pay for.  Take healthcare for example — an estimated $1.1 billion per year for undocumented men, women and children, according to the Rand Corporation.

This problem comes from North and South.
Canadian Invasion:  The United States and Canada share the longest unprotected border in the world, and Toronto's Globe and Mail has a story illustrating why that is so dangerous:  More than 100 Canadian women with high-risk pregnancies have been sent to United States hospitals over the past year — in what a doctors' group attributes to the lack of a national birthing plan.

Illegal residents turned away in Tarrant.  JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Tarrant County's hospital district, has for several years told patients who live in the country illegally to find non-emergency care elsewhere.  Galveston's hospital district may soon join those ranks when it comes to cancer care because it is unable to meet demand with limited state funds.

Texas hospital may drop illegals' care.  The University of Texas Medical Branch may stop offering cancer care to indigent and undocumented immigrants in order to cut costs.  The UTMB set aside about $12 million in this year's $1.4 billion annual budget to treat indigent cancer patients, but that isn't enough to meet demand, said Karen Sexton, vice president and CEO of hospitals and clinics at the medical branch.

'Border baby' boom strains South Texas.  First it was a trickle, now it's a flood.  Rising numbers of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America are streaming into Texas to give birth, straining hospitals and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, health officials say.

Judge allows lawsuit after illegal immigrant denied medical care dies.  The family of a now-deceased illegal immigrant who said he was denied medical care for cancer can sue the federal government for damages, a federal judge ruled, calling the allegations "beyond cruel and unusual" punishment.  Francisco Castaneda, a Salvadoran immigrant, was denied a biopsy for a painful lesion for 11 months, despite the recommendation of several doctors, according to government records cited by a judge.

Undocumented Immigrants' Childbirth Is Top Emergency Medicaid Expense.  The lion's share of Emergency Medicaid expenditures in North Carolina covers undocumented immigrants' pregnancy and labor complications, a trend that's probably occurring in other states, a new study found.  The findings are one of the first close-up looks at the health care needs of the growing numbers of immigrants in the United States, and they appear to question the monetary costs of excluding undocumented immigrants from routine health care, especially prenatal care.

Medi-Cal funds 100,000 illegal births.  The [California] Medi-Cal program is now paying for the delivery of about 100,000 children born to illegal immigrants each year.  Such births and related expenses account for more than $400 million of the nearly $1 billion Medi-Cal spends annually on health care for undocumented people, covering everything from pregnancy tests to postpartum checkups.  The fact that children born here have a U.S. citizenship "birthright" angers anti-illegal immigration groups.

Los Angeles Emergency Rooms are Full of Illegal Immigrants.  Sixty percent of the county's uninsured patients are not U.S. citizens.  More than half are here illegally.  About 2 million undocumented aliens in Los Angeles County alone are crowding emergency rooms because they can't afford to see a doctor.

Why Mexican Hospital Emergency Rooms Aren't Swamped:  Emergency rooms in American hospitals are being overwhelmed by uninsured patients who don't pay for medical care. … A significant portion of these patients are immigrants, often illegal aliens.  The complicating factor is a law known as EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985) which forbids emergency rooms from refusing service to anyone, regardless of ability to pay.

Bush Administration Wants Flu Shots For Illegal Immigrants.  The Bush Administration has indicated it wants doctors, clinics, and hospitals to provide flu immunizations to illegal immigrants.  In an interview with KFOX-TV, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt was asked if the federal government has any safeguards to prevent illegal immigrants from catching the flu.  Leavitt responded by saying doctors should give flu shots to "every person."

ER Overload.  A survey of the research available shows that uninsured illegal immigrants are an imponderable burden on our nation's hospitals, in particular emergency rooms.  As they are with respect to other statistics regarding illegal immigration, the numbers on healthcare are startling.  Calling them frightening would not overstate the matter.  But the figures that study after study disclose are also appalling for what they show about the political elite's steadfast refusal to stop illegal immigration.

A Resurgence of Deadly Diseases.  Diseases once thought to be nearly eradicated in America, such as tuberculosis and leprosy, are now rising as illegal immigrants bring their health problems to our country.  Illegal immigrants not only drain American healthcare resources but also present a new threat:  diseases once thought nearly erased from the American medical dictionary, as well as new ones never before seen, are emerging across the country.

A stay-at-home solution:  The March 12 Washington Post Magazine profiled Daniel Rodriguez, an illegal immigrant in the D.C. area. … The magazine describes Rodriguez cutting a 2-by-4 with a circular saw and no protective gear.  "He pushes the saw across the wood, its blade spinning inches from his foot," the story reports.  One miscalculation and he'll be in the hospital.  Illegals tend to gravitate toward dangerous jobs, and if they fall off a roof or saw off a toe, it's taxpayers who get stuck with the medical bill.

Disease, unwanted import.  Contagious diseases are entering the United States because of immigrants, illegal aliens, refugees and travelers, and World Health Organization officials say the worst could be yet to come.  In addition to a list of imported diseases that includes tuberculosis, sickle cell anemia, hepatitis B, measles and the potentially deadly parasitic disease Chagas, officials fear what could happen if the avian flu, which is flourishing among poultry in Southeast Asia, mutates so that it is capable of human-to-human transmission through casual contact.

Domino Effect Feared From Closures of Emergency Rooms.  Los Angeles County, which has lost six emergency rooms in a little over a year, is on the brink of a far more serious problem, facing more closures that could jeopardize emergency care for tens of thousands of residents, according to public officials and independent analysts.

Mass Immigration Imports New, Unknown Diseases.  Among the many benefits of the mass immigration the Open Borders Lobby has invited into the country are the diseases that would probably all but have vanished from American and Western society but for the presence of Third World immigrants.

Medi-Cal pays for over 100,000 births by undocumented women.  More than 100,000 undocumented women each year bear children in California with expenses paid by Medi-Cal, according to state reports.  Such births and related expenses account for more than $400 million of the nearly $1 billion that the program spends annually on health care for illegal immigrants in California, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing state reports.

Man crisscrossed border with TB.  A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the past year, according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.

Illegal Immigrants and Health Care Reform.  [Scroll down]  I should point out that all of us already pay the costs of health care for illegal immigrants — through emergency room visits, Emergency Medicaid, hidden fees by hospitals, workplace safety incidents, and the like.  This idea that we all aren't paying for this one way or another is non-reality-based.

Freeloaders and the burden on the welfare system:

"Society's safety net" has become a hammock for many people, and some percentage of the people who immigrate to the U.S. are only coming here for a free ride.

Prove You're Here Legally Before Getting Gov't Services, Voters Say.  Most voters in the United States want stricter enforcement of immigration laws, and a vast majority say people should be required to prove they are in the country legally before receiving any federal, state or local services, according to a new poll.

Importing Poverty:  My colleague Steve Camarota has published a look at welfare use by immigrant families with children, and it's pretty dire.  Fifty-seven percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children (which is alarmingly high in itself).  The highest rates are for families headed by an immigrant from the Dominican Republic (82 percent using welfare) and Mexico and Guatemala (75 percent).  The states with the highest rates are Arizona, Texas, California, and New York (61-62 percent) — which, unfortunately, are also the top states of immigrant settlement.  For immigrant households with four or more children, 81 percent are using welfare, as are 80 percent of households with children that are headed by an immigrant without a high school degree.

"Anchors" away.  Any child born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen.  He or she is instantly eligible for panoply of social services, food stamps and other forms of aid.  When the child reaches the age of 21, he can petition to have his parents and siblings declared permanent residents.  The so-called "anchor baby" phenomenon is a hidden trap door beneath any guest worker program, because a significant number of guest workers will have babies while in the United States and will thus elude any effort to send them home.

Just Shut Up, Go Home, and Take Your Kid with You.  You would have thought the United States had committed some unforgivable crime against humanity if you listened to the howls of rage emitting from a horde of liberals whining over the fate of an illegal alien who played them for suckers.  Her name is Elvira Arellano and whatever else she may be, she's a master propagandist….

Free School for Illegals:  Time for a Supreme Court Review?  [Scroll down]  Chief Justice Burger, with Justices Rehnquist, White, and O'Connor, responded with a vigorous dissent:  "[i]llegal aliens have no right whatever to be here, and the state may reasonably, and constitutionally, elect not to provide them with governmental services at the expense of those who are lawfully in the state"; "the constitution does not provide a cure for every social ill, nor does it vest judges with a mandate to try to remedy every social problem."

Welfare to kids of illegals at $276 million.  Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday [4/25/2006] that he will tell Congress that close to 100,000 children of illegal immigrants in the county collect $276 million in annual welfare benefits. … Antonovich said 98,703 children of 57,458 undocumented parents received Cal-WORKS welfare checks in January, or a total of 156,161 recipients.

Welfare Is the Real Problem, Not Immigration.  The idea of people sneaking into the country in order to soak the American taxpayer provokes anger.  To be fair, though, native-born Americans are already soaking the American taxpayer and ought to provoke a similar anger.  In fact, illegal immigrants account for only a tiny minority of those currently on the welfare rolls.  Those who run the gauntlet of fences, guards, and environmental hardships to illegally enter the United States evince a measure of enterprise that would seem to make them unlikely to seek out welfare benefits.  An illegal immigrant arriving in America is more apt to avoid contact with government authorities than to try to scam the system.

Immigration and the Welfare State:  More and more of my constituents are asking me when Congress will address the problem of illegal immigration.  The public correctly perceives that neither political party has the courage to do what is necessary to prevent further erosion of both our border security and our national identity.  As a result, immigration may be the sleeper issue that decides the 2008 presidential election. … Amnesty for illegal immigrants is not the answer.  Millions of people who broke the law by entering, staying, and working in our country illegally should not be rewarded with a visa.  Why should lawbreakers obtain a free pass, while those seeking to immigrate legally face years of paperwork and long waits for a visa?

Stop the Mexico Raid on Our Social Security!  RetireSafe Delivers 115,000 Petitions Opposing Social Security for Illegal Immigrants from Mexico.  "Social Security is not a welfare program and it should not be turned into a foreign aid program," said RetireSafe President Charles Hardin.

Immigration and the welfare state.  Over the past four decades the educational level of new immigrants has fallen steadily relative to that of native-born Americans …. Coupled with very high levels of out-of-wedlock birthrates (among foreign-born Hispanics, for example, the rate is 42.3%), the current illegal population fits the classic profile of a group that, if offered a ready route to citizenship, will consume billions more in welfare benefits than they will contribute in taxes.

The Remains of a California Day.  [Scroll down]  At noon, I drove into the local warehouse supermarket.  When I checked out (and I had written about such incidents like this a near decade ago in Mexifornia), the checker and the woman behind me were trying to communicate in Spanish to instruct a young man and his wife (with four small children) about how to use his food stamp card (an anachronism since they look more like ATM plastic).

Contrary To Amnesty Supporters, Illegal Aliens Drain Social Security.  A recent Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that voters remain concerned about Social Security and whether the system can deliver what the government has promised.  According to the survey, 58% of U.S. voters lack confidence that the Social Security system will pay them their future benefits.  Advocates for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants like to claim that amnesty will "save" Social Security.  They also claim that dramatically increased immigration levels will safeguard our retirements and those of our children because more people will pay into the system.  Unfortunately, the opposite is true.

70% in Massachusetts Favor Ban on Public Benefits For Illegal Immigrants.  Seventy percent (70%) of Massachusetts voters favor a proposal recently rejected by the state legislature that would stop illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits.  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that just 17% oppose the proposal to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining access to public housing, unemployment benefits, welfare or workers compensation.  Thirteen percent (13%) more are not sure.

L.A. County welfare to children of illegal immigrants grows.  Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families.  The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWorks welfare program, according to county figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Bienvenido to Obamacare.  The Obama administration has unveiled its new Spanish-language website,, as a companion to, to fully inform Americans about the new goodies in the Obamacare legislation that the President signed into law in March.

Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare.  Surprise, surprise; Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies. ... Basically, the majority of households across the country benefitting from publicly-funded welfare programs are headed by immigrants, both legal and illegal.  States where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62%), Texas, California and New York with 61% each and Pennsylvania (59%).

Illegal Immigrant Additional Child Tax Credit Fraud.  Illegal Immigrants otherwise known as Undocumented Workers are using an IRS Tax Loophole to take advantage of the Additional Child Tax Credit to obtain tax refunds.  This tax fraud is currently costing U.S. Taxpayers about 4 Billion dollars a year.

Hispanics perpetuate their own stereotypes.
Forget Immigration — It's Big Government Hispanic Voters Want.  A mind-blowing 75 percent of Hispanics tell Pew they want bigger government with more services.  Contrast that with just 41 percent of the American public that says it wants bigger government with more services.  This Hispanic love affair with big government isn't a short-term result of the Great Recession.  It isn't a temporary product of the first-generation poverty; immigrants, legal or otherwise, have always struggled through in America.  This affection for big government is uniquely cultural for Hispanics, and so strongly embedded that it apparently persists for generations.

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