Thursday, October 1, 2009
From the Immigration Policy Center:
The Truth About Costly Verification Measures, Unauthorized Immigrants and Health Care
Washington D.C. - As health care bills make their way through Congress, lawmakers are debating whether or not to include overly burdensome citizenship verification requirements to ensure that unauthorized immigrants do not have access to health insurance. However, past attempts to implement these kinds of additional measures have prevented U.S. citizens and legal immigrants from receiving health care, while uncovering very few instances of unauthorized immigrants trying to abuse the system. In fact, research shows that unauthorized immigrants do not come to the United States for health care benefits or any other public services for which they are not eligible. These additional measures threaten to ensnare far more citizens than unauthorized immigrants and add unnecessary costs to health care reform.
For more information view the fact check in its entirety:
The Truth About Costly Verification Measures, Unauthorized Immigrants and Health Care (IPC Fact Check, Sptemeber, 2009)