Border Babies Booming
A flood of illegal immigrants are pouring into Texas to produce anchor babies straining hospital resources and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Socorro Gonzalez, seen in this photo, is an undocumented immigrant who just gave birth to her fourth child on U.S. soil, said she and her husband aren't trying to abuse the health care system. ''I don't see why they should deny a medical service if we're here struggling for this country."
Houston Chronicle, 'Border baby' boom strains South Texas
RIO GRANDE CITY — First it was a trickle, now it's a flood.
Rising numbers of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America are streaming into Texas to give birth ...
Doctors and health officials say they are overwhelmed by both the new arrivals and those immigrant mothers who already are in the state. Even Houston's feeling the pinch. An estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of the 10,587 births at Ben Taub General Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital last year were to undocumented immigrants, administrators say.
The above problem seemed intractable until I received this email from my friend, BW:
The other day, I needed to go to the emergency room. Not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my old Army fatigues and sewed a shoulder patch that I had downloaded off the internet onto the sleeve of my shirt.
When I went into the E.R., I noticed that three-quarters of the people got up and left.
I guess they decided that they weren't that sick after all.
Here's the patch.