The Flawed Case Against ImmigrationPublished: May 15, 2012 8:00 am By: David Bier
"A nationwide survey found that immigrants account for 55 percent fewer health care expenditures per person than native-born Americans. Even their children had 74 percent lower health care expenses. The authors conclude that their study "refutes the assumption that immigrants represent a disproportionate financial burden on the U.S. health care system" (American Journal of Public Health, 2005). Another major study of 12 major U.S. cities investigated the specific question of emergency department (ED) use and concluded that "noncitizens had much lower levels of ED use than citizens did (about 17 fewer visits per 100 people, on average), and the difference between poor citizens and noncitizens was almost twice as large" (Health Affairs, 2006).
Since immigrants don't impose disproportionate costs, the empirical case against immigration based on EMTALA's unfunded mandate holds no water. Moreover, immigration opponents aren't even consistent about unfunded mandates. Arizona's SB 1070 mandates local police to arrest individuals whom they have "probable cause" to suspect are undocumented. It forces local governments to pay all booking and jail fees. That is an unfunded mandate, as Mesa, Arizona, Mayor Scott Smith correctly noted. "This is not a cost-free endeavor," he said in 2010. "And depending on how it plays out, it could create significant financial costs to the city.""
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