Organs for Illegals

Emma Lazarus once wrote of the Statue of Liberty and the United States of America “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
In other words, the US is open for everyone – the poor, the oppressed, the ‘unwanted’. Everyone has an equal chance in the great United States.

Unfortunately, many see that call and our willingness to help others as an opportunity to take advantage of the American people. Many see it as an opportunity to come in to our country and ‘destroy the infidel’. Many see it as an advertisement for a haven for the lawless.

Foreigners inside our borders, legally or otherwise, are basically given many of the same rights as US citizens. The biggest difference is that those here illegally never have to pay for those rights.

I whole-heartedly agree with giving everyone the opportunity to come to the US as an immigrant, become naturalized, and work to realize their dream as long as that person is willing to pay for that privilege just as every other American must do.

What I disagree with is those that come to our country illegally and take advantage of our social systems without ever contributing a cent.

The US has, for many years, struggled with the healthcare and welfare system in the states bordering Mexico. The fact is this: thousands of Mexicans cross into the US every year without going through the INS.

Aliens that don’t go through the INS don’t have Social Security Numbers or Taxpayer IDs and thus never contribute to the healthcare and welfare programs our federal government and state governments have in place to protect Americans, the programs that the illegal aliens often use themselves.

Take for example the 2002 case of an illegal alien in Cleveland, OH. The woman entered the US illegally 10 years ago and in 2002 found herself in need of a liver transplant.
While the reasons remain clouded in politics, the facts are that the woman had no medical coverage, could not afford the transplant surgery and was discharged by the hospital. After her family contacted a local political official, she was later readmitted and placed on the waiting list for a liver.

The Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium says that the medical care and transplant rules are the same for citizens, legal immigrants and illegal aliens. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) said that no more than 5% of transplants at any facility are allowed to go to illegals or foreigners.

Now – before you go getting your undies in a bunch, let me say that I’m glad the woman received her transplant. Nobody should be left to die. In fact, if she were to show up on my doorstep today and explain her situation I’d write her a check to help pay for the operation.

What I am saying is that over the course of the previous 10 years the woman had ample opportunities to apply for US citizenship or at the very least legal immigrant status. Instead, she continued on with her ‘illegal’ status and never paid a cent into the institution that ultimately provided her with a new liver and also paid for the operation to save her life. She was quick, though, to take advantage of the US government and the American people.

After finding out that she wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the US she contacted an American politician who fought for her right to take advantage of his own government!

The rights and freedoms of American citizens as well as the programs we have in place to care for our own come at a cost. Our servicemen and women pay with blood, the rest of us with taxes. The nation as a whole comes together to provide a safe, rich and fair society as well as to foot the bill for those that are less fortunate with the understanding that those citizens have fallen on bad times or are for other reasons unable to financially care for themselves.

By the reasoning of the woman in this example and the thoughts of the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, they should be able to walk up to the local lottery office and claim the prize without ever having bought a ticket. Never mind the millions of people that paid for their tickets in the hopes of winning; the illegal can just walk up and take the jackpot.

Now how is that American?

18. February 2004 by Chris
Categories: Organ & Tissue Donation | Leave a comment

Leave a Reply