"... Do we want to stop sick people from coming in for health care?"
George Pauk, a retired doctor with Physicians for a National Health Program.
Dr. Pauk is objecting to a new bill in Arizona that would require hospitals to first make sure a patient is in the country legally. SB 1405 is another creation from State Senate President Russell Pearce, the same guy who brought the world SB 1070, or "Papers, please."
Under Sen. Pearce's new proposal, hospital staff who discovered an illegal immigrant "must contact the local federal immigration office." So, yes, as Dr. Pauk suggests, you might think twice about having that nagging little symptom of a heart attack checked out -- if you're here illegally or if you're here legally and think might suspect you anyway. Since when does a trip to the emergency room start with a hunt for your passport?
Think Progress today picks up a report from Kansas, where a state representative says she and her son identified an illegal immigrant in part because of her "olive complexion." Set aside the debate over a humane and rational immigration policy -- this kind of thinking gives some of our own citizens reason to fear that they can't just go about their business.
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