Showing posts with label Illegal Immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Illegal Immigration. Show all posts

Monday, May 26, 2014

California's Solution To The Physician Shortage

Well why didn't anybody else think of this before? While the rest of the country has been mired in despair over the worsening shortage of doctors, the California legislature has come up with a rather unique, and quite possibly illegal, answer to the problem. As our ultra liberal politicians are wont to do, they have decided that it doesn't matter what the law says. They have passed legislation that will make it possible for illegal immigrants who graduate medical school to practice medicine here in California.

Normally, in order to get a state medical license, a Social Security number is required to establish identification. Thanks to our sage California state senators, their bill will allow the use of a federal taxpayer identification number instead of the Social Security number for ID. Besides doctors, the bill also let pharmacists, dentists, nurses, security guards, barbers, real estate agents, and about forty other professions use the FIN to obtain their licenses to practice in this state.

Of course all of this is the logical progression to California's increasing accommodation of illegal immigration. We harbor illegal aliens in our cities and counties and purposefully hide their whereabouts from federal immigration authorities in the name of public safety. California was one of the first states to allow illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses. Since they live here, they gotta drive to get to work, right? Then of course there is the DREAM act. This law let anyone who was brought here illegally before the age of sixteen to continue to go to school without fear of being deported back to his native country.

Thanks to the DREAM act, the University of California extends financial aid to these illegal alien students to help with their college education. The billions of dollars in cutbacks to education in this state didn't seem to make U.C. prioritize scarce aid money to go to kids who are in this country legally. U.C. also allowed extremely competitive admission spots to go to children who aren't even supposed to be in this country in the first place get accepted over thousands of legitimate applicants.

Once these students get their drivers' licenses, enter college, then finish graduate school, what are they supposed to do after they get their degrees? Why, sue the state to get jobs. The floodgates were opened when the California Supreme Court ordered the State Bar to allow an illegal immigrant lawyer to practice in the state. The conundrum of letting a lawyer, who is violating federal law by simply standing in the courtroom, defend this country's laws didn't appear to deter the Supreme Court justices.

So now let's talk again about letting illegal immigrant graduates practice medicine here in California. One of the steps to obtain my California medical license was I had to go to the police station to get my fingerprints stamped. This was the beginning of a not uncommon feeling that doctors are made to feel like criminals for working our trade. I guess since my state deliberately discourages turning in aliens, they can feel safe walking into any police station without fear of deportation. Whew!

But the tricky part is going to be when they apply for a DEA license. Since the Drug Enforcement Agency is part of the federal system, they still have strict guidelines on what constitutes legal status in the United States, something our two bit state legislature doesn't have to worry about. Right there on the DEA website, in fact the very first thing somebody needs to get a license, is complete identification including Social Security number. Hmm. I wonder if our politicians have thought through this? These newly graduated illegal alien doctors maybe able to see patients, but they certainly won't be able to provide any pain medications. Somehow I don't think these physicians will be very popular with patients or hospitals if they don't have DEA numbers to prescribe narcotics.

I'm sure the liberal administration in the White House will figure out another way to resolve this issue without the input of Congress. The flood of children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border is testament that people on the other side are paying close attention to the lack of enforcement of immigration laws over here. Frankly I think the only jobs that our representatives will forbid illegal aliens from holding will be government union jobs and their own. But how soon will all these aliens who live and work in the U.S. demand equal protection rights provided by the U.S. Constitution? Then will the courts have to let them vote too to gain fair representation? I'm afraid that time is not far off.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Doctors Without Borders? How About Doctors As Border Guards

The Arizona legislature is considering a bill to require all patients entering hospitals to provide proof of residency. Illegal immigrants cost the state millions of dollars in unreimbursed medical care. Since hospitals are not allowed to turn away anybody seeking medical care, the bill requires doctors to treat their emergency cases first then inquire about residency status afterwards. If the patient is found to be in the country illegally, the hospital will then notify the INS about the patient's status.

Rightfully the medical community in Arizona is outraged by this proposal. There is legitimate concern that fear of getting caught will keep illegal immigrants from seeking medical care until it becomes a much bigger and more expensive problem to treat. I, like everybody else, wish we didn't have so many people in this country illegally. The path to residency and citizenship has served this country well for over 200 years. It's not right that millions of people have decided to break our laws by coming here and taking jobs from millions of unemployed Americans.

But using doctors as border agents is despicable. Our border is just to the south, a simple line that runs through the desert sands that clearly demarcates who is here in the country legally. Wouldn't it be easier to spend the state's resources to enforce that single border? Now there will be multiple borders, at each hospital entrance, to check for residency papers. Maybe the state just doesn't want to spend their own money to keep illegals out and instead pushes the responsibility and the expense onto the hospitals.

Even if the hospitals do report all the illegal immigrants in their wards, what is anybody going to do with that information? I could go to any INS office right now and tell them exactly where the illegals congregate. Just go down to any Home Depot or U-Haul parking lot and you'll find dozens of illegals loitering around. I'm sure the INS knows this too. But is anything done about it? No. Instead they conduct expensive raids on businesses like Chipotle or Tyson Foods when they can just drive up to big box stores and pick up thousands of illegal people around the country for practically nothing.

No, I say this Arizona bill should not be passed. This is just passing the buck by the government to the medical establishment. We pay millions of tax dollars so that our state and federal governments will enforce our own laws. They shouldn't abrogate their responsibilities just because they are too lame to perform their sworn duties to us citizens. If they are too fearful to stand up to pro-criminal liberal groups like the ACLU then we need to elect officials who will stand up for the laws of our country.