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May 15, 2006

We're Importing More Than Cheap Labor

Posted by Dave Blount at May 15, 2006 6:45 AM

Last week Connecticut neurosurgeon Katrina Firlik published an editorial describing the case of an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who showed up at Greenwich Hospital with tuberculosis meningitis, a horrific disease rarely seen in developed countries.

The patient wasn't actually from upscale Greenwich, but from humbler Port Chester, where the local hospital had gone bankrupt. As Dr. Firlik explains:

That hospital had cared for a large number of patients just like him: no insurance, no English, no papers. When a hospital serving such a demographic goes bankrupt, it leaves a needy population to seek free care elsewhere, passing on the same risk of financial distress to neighboring hospitals, like propagation of an infectious disease.

Speaking of infectious diseases, here's how she describes what the multi-drug-resistant strain of TB her patient had brought to Connecticut was doing to his spine:

An MRI revealed a large mass that was compressing his spinal cord to an impossibly thin strand. The mass spanned an incredibly lengthy 10 vertebral segments, nearly from the base of his neck to the top of his low back. I'd never seen anything like it. Neither had the internist, the infectious disease specialist, the neurologist or the radiologist. We don't work in the Third World.

After cutting as much of the mass out of his back as she could, she called in a pathologist to examine the pieces of specimen. But he refused to contaminate his equipment with this exotic and awful disease.

Two and a half months later, the patient left the hospital in a wheelchair. His unpaid bill came to $200,000, excluding professional fees, because the doctors who treated him worked for free. Firlik comments:

How many other diseases are being brought in by how many other undocumented and unexamined workers? Somehow, here, a social worker was able to track down the friends and relatives who came to the U.S. with this patient. They all tested positive for TB, and were all working behind the scenes in local restaurants.

Since the commentary appeared in the doggedly pro-illegal-immigration Wall Street Journal, it ends with a syrupy epilogue:

I thought I'd never see this young man again, but I was wrong. Six months after surgery, he walked into my office. Walked in. No wheelchair, no walker, no cane, not even a limp. Not only that, he told me (through a translator) that he was looking for a new job. I thought about all the American workers I'd operated on, for far less serious problems, who were quick to bring in disability paperwork after surgery, hoping I'd deem them permanently disabled, unfit for any line of work. And at that moment, the resentment I'd felt six months earlier was replaced by something quite different — admiration.

Compared to illegal aliens, we Americans are a rotten bunch, aren't we? All we can think of is ways to exploit a system that punishes the productive for the sake of the parasitic.

But the children of illegal immigrants are American citizens. They will be educated in schools that scream into both ears that they are oppressed and deserve special privileges for not being Caucasians. They're going to have a very different attitude toward backbreaking labor for subsistence wages. By allowing illegal aliens to flood into our country, we are importing an underclass that won't always be as docile as some would like us to think, as recent rallies against immigration reform have made obnoxiously obvious.

France is being torn apart not by Muslim immigrants, but by the children of Muslim immigrants, who grew up under the French welfare state, their moral development rotted by moonbattery.

By the way, a bizarre infection called Morgellons disease has recently surfaced in South Texas, an area overrun with illegal aliens. The symptoms are right out of a horror movie, and include lesions that sweat a black tarry substance and don't heal. The pain is reported to be extremely intense as weird fibers emerge from the lesions. Patients have been known to kill themselves to escape the disease.