Cristobal Silverio emigrated illegally from Mexico to Stockton, Calif., in 1997 to work as a fruit picker.
He brought with him his wife, Felipa, and three children, 19, 12 and 8all illegals. When Felipa gave birth to her fourth child, daughter Flor, the family had what is referred to as an anchor babyan American citizen by birth who provided the entire Silverio clan a ticket to remain in the U.S. permanently.
But Flor was born premature, spent three months in the neonatal incubator and cost the San Joaquin Hospital more than $300,000. Meanwhile, oldest daughter Lourdes married an illegal alien gave birth to a daughter, too. Her name is Esmeralda. And Felipa had yet another child, Cristian.
The two Silverio anchor babies generate $1,000 per month in public welfare funding for the family. Flor gets $600 a month for asthma. Healthy Cristian gets $400. While the Silverios earned $18,000 last year picking fruit, they picked up another $12,000 for their two anchor babies.
While President Bush says the U.S. needs more cheap labor from south of the border to do jobs Americans arent willing to do, the case of the Silverios shows there are indeed uncalculated costs involved in the importation of such laborpublic support and uninsured medical costs.
In fact, the increasing number of illegal aliens coming into the United States is forcing the closure of hospitals, spreading previously vanquished diseases and threatening to destroy Americas prized health-care system, says a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
The influx of illegal aliens has serious hidden medical consequences, writes Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of the report. We judge reality primarily by what we see. But what we do not see can be more dangerous, more expensive, and more deadly than what is seen.
According to her study, 84 California hospitals are closing their doors as a direct result of the rising number of illegal aliens and their non-reimbursed tax on the system.
According to the report, between 1993 and 2003, 60 California hospitals closed because half their services became unpaid. Another 24 California hospitals verge on closure, the author writes.
The report this article is based on is at http://www.jpands.org/vol10no1/cosman.pdf