The Issue Over Illegal Immigrants

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Is our government giving false reassurance concerning the risk of infectious diseases being spread by illegal immigrants? Are they basing our risk of infection on another country study results who “closely matches our TB program? Has the debate and concern over illegal immigrants in the United States sparked fears among health authorities about the spread of tuberculosis? According to a medical news article entitled, History of Tuberculosis, “Tuberculosis has around since ancient times, it existed 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. It has been found in Egyptian mummy’s spinal tuberculosis, known as Pott’s disease being detected by archaeologists. In the 18th century in Western Europe, tuberculosis reached its peak as 900 deaths per 100,000.…show more content…
without fear of deportation, he exhorted, "You can come out of the shadows. But they can’t, while the U.S. is experiencing the expansion of health care access with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This plan excluded about eleven million people who are in the country illegally. Nations with a lower social economic status are being greatly affected by the TB agent and do not have the resources available to people in the United States. According to World Health Organization (WHO): TB is the second greatest killer due to a single infectious agent in other nations, in 2012, 15% of the reported cases of TB resulted in death. TB is the third-leading cause of death for women ages 15-44 in low- and middle-income nations and the hardest hit by this disease are patients with compromised immune systems and elderly patients. This topic is important to the writer of this paper due to the fact she has been a correctional nurse for ten years and four of those ten years was working in a federal facility where they house Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees. The United States needs a pathway for immigrants to earn citizenship and to strengthen our borders. I believe in immigration reform but with stricter guidelines especially concerning the medical care of incoming immigrants. Approximately 85% of the illegal immigrants brought to this particular federal facility for housing
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