I’m writing to highlight two important issues that are often left out of the immigration reform discussion.
• Before any immigration reform is undertaken, a thorough assessment of the illegal immigration problem needs to be undertaken. Supposedly there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, but how do we know that’s the right number? Who counted them? How many have committed crimes and/or are receiving government assistance?
Doing immigration reform before a complete assessment of the problem is done is like getting treatment or a prescription from your doctor before they see you and/or do a diagnostic workup. No one would tolerate that and their lawyers would take legal action for such treatment in a split second!
• Secondly, Sen. Marco Rubio and others say that illegal immigrants won’t be eligible for ObamaCare. OK, so where do they then get their health care? Does anyone really believe that an illegal immigrant making about $1,500 a month is going to spend a large part of it to buy health care insurance through the health care exchanges?
Won’t happen, so what will they do? The same thing they’ve always done, they’ll go the Emergency Room at the hospitals and be treated for free — but not really since the paying customers pick up those costs.
Therefore, before our politicians rush half-cocked to fix a problem we really don’t know or completely understand, I suggest we step back and do a complete assessment before any possible legislation is undertaken.
Diagnoses before treatment! It’s the right prescription for America.
James N. Astuto