Saturday, November 04, 2006
Solving The Illegal Aliens' Babies Problem
Mexican ambulance bound for an American hospital maternity ward
An editorial in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (California), expressed concern that a child born in America of illegal aliens (the Press Democrat calls them “immigrants”) should not have to show citizenship papers to receive medical treatment under Medicaid. Their editorial position is that the baby is an American citizen and should immediately be treated as such, regardless of the status of the parents.
In the scenario established by the editorial, the baby was born in the hospital that would be called upon to provide subsequent treatment. The hospital knows the baby was born in America, therefore it’s obvious the baby is an American, so why all the red tape?
The hospital will still treat the baby. It’s just that the hospital won't be reimbursed unless the baby's parent files a Medicaid application, with citizenship papers.
At this point I ask, “What’s the problem?”
The baby didn’t walk into the hospital by itself, so grab a parent and have them fill out the forms.
Or as a reader suggested, have them pay for the treatment, and then be reimbursed when Medicaid pays the hospital.
My suggestion gets to the basis of the problem. As long as American citizenship is the prize for illegal aliens who can find some way to have their baby on American soil, we will have a lot of pregnant illegal aliens rushing to deliver their babies in American hospitals.
One estimate is that illegal aliens have 300,000 babies in America annually. Personally, I think the study mixed up the statistics, and that was the total for California alone.
We can change the law so that a baby born in America is a citizen of the country of its parents’ citizenship, and is an American only if born of American parents.
There is ample precedent for this position. As an example, and as I know from direct experience gained from over 21 years in the Air Force, many babies were and are born overseas of American parents, and every one of those babies is an American citizen. My oldest granddaughter, Leaha, born in the Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany, is one of them.
Whenever medically necessary, babies will still be born in American hospitals, still be treated in American hospitals, but they won’t be American citizens if their parents aren’t.
One positive of this change is that there probably would be a reduction in the number of babies born in American hospitals.
Another positive is that many pregnant women will not have to make the long, dangerous journey to cross the border to have their child. Without the reward of American citizenship for their babies as the prize for breaking our immigration laws, they might as well deliver their babies in the comfort and safety of their own country.
Finally, as I noted months ago in my post, "Making The Army Of Reconquista," Mexicans intend to take back California by turning on the full firepower of their females' fallopian tubes, doing just what the Muslims are doing in their conquest of Europe, as reported by Mark Steyn.
It puzzles me that, with our culture at stake, we and the Europeans are so eager to help them win.