Effects of Illegal Immigration Essay

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Illegal immigrants entering the United States from other countries has played a major impact on the quality of life of our society. The majority of Americans believe there are no benefits to United States citizens by having illegal immigrants remain in this country. Much of the funding that would typically go to tax paying citizens is now being directed to programs for illegal immigrants, which do not make enough money to financially support themselves and their families. To date, the largest costs that have been paid out to as a result of illegal immigration are Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison…show more content…
As the amount if illegal immigrants entering and existing in the country increase, the health care industry is feeling the strain of trying to care for all of these people. The effects for the taxpayer would be a rise in health insurance premiums to cover the costs being incurred for the uninsured. Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, hospitals with emergency rooms are required to treat and stabilize patients with emergency medical needs regardless whether or not they are able to pay for the treatment. These hospitals are then caught between a rock and a hard place because there is no guarantee that the costs involved in treating these patients will ever be reimbursed. Because there is a mandatory requirement to treat people that come to the hospital in an emergency type situation, many illegal use the emergency room for all preventative needs as opposed to emergencies. People should be entitled to treatment for illnesses regardless of whether they have healthcare or not. The problem comes in when the system is abused in a manner like the one we are presently

witnessing, where the emergency room is being used to treat both emergency and non-emergency situations.
Another issue effecting our healthcare system is the women that are coming into the United States to give birth to what is known as anchor babies. Anchor babies are offspring of illegal aliens who come into the country to deliver their children so they can be

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