In Luna County, N.M., the poorly funded ambulance service of the small town of Columbus is frequently called to the nearby United States-Mexico Port of Entry to pick up sick or injured Mexican citizens who have arrived from across the border and carry them to the privately owned Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming, about 30 miles away.
Once the patients have been treated, the Luna County Sheriff's Office is called to take them back from Deming to the Columbus Port of Entry, where they are returned across the border. The number of the ambulance calls rose approximately 20 percent between 1998 and 1999, but 76 percent of the bills for the service remain uncollected write-offs, said New Mexico State University government professor Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, one of four authors of a study on the costs to U.S. border counties of handling illegal immigrants from Mexico.
In 1999, Luna County's total cost for law enforcement, criminal justice and emergency medical services related to undocumented persons was $943,000, and of this it was reimbursed $8,000 from the federal government, approximately 0.8 percent. The federal law that provided the reimbursement covers part of the expense of detaining criminal illegal immigrants, but doesn't cover ambulance service or hospital costs, Rubaii-Barrett said.
Hidalgo County, one of the most sparsely populated counties in New Mexico, spent approximately $485,000 in 1999 in law enforcement, court costs or emergency medical services connected with illegal immigrants, but was reimbursed only 0.5 percent of its costs by the federal government, Rubaii-Barrett said.
Dona Ana County is more urbanized than either of the other two New Mexico border counties and its costs of handling illegal immigrants are more evenly spread among detention services, emergency medical and indigent health care. It spent $3.2 million in 1999 to provide legal, judicial and emergency services to illegal immigrants, but recovered only 12 percent of those costs from the federal government, Rubaii-Barrett said.
The study, released Feb. 2 and 3 by the United States-Mexico Border Counties Coalition, a coalition of county government officials from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, says that, in all four states, counties on the U.S.-Mexico border are paying a disproportionate share of the costs of illegal immigration from Mexico and deserve increased financial help from the federal government, Rubaii-Barrett said.
"We recognize that immigrants contribute to communities throughout the U.S.," she said. "It's not our intent to say immigrants are the problem. The problem is the way the federal government reimburses counties for their expenses."
Between them Dona Ana, Hidalgo and Luna counties spent $4.7 million in 1999 -- the fiscal year covered by the study -- to detain illegal immigrants in jail, to process them through county judicial systems and to provide emergency medical and indigent health care, Rubaii-Barrett said. This compares with $23 million spent by border counties in Texas, $24 million in Arizona and $43 million in California, according to the study.
But, Rubaii-Barrett notes, the impact on individual taxpayers in the New Mexico counties is actually higher than in any of the other border states. The cost per capita in New Mexico's three counties was $23.45, while in Texas the per capita cost was $12, in Arizona it was $22 and in California it was $19, she said.
Hidalgo County incurred the second highest per capita burden on any of the 24 counties studied, at $80.50 per person for each of its 6,000 residents, she said.
"The burden is falling on the poorest counties, which can least afford it. They either have to cut services or raise taxes to cover the costs of what we think is a federal government responsibility," she said.
Rubaii-Barrett said some members of Congress recognize the counties are suffering and have initiated steps to lessen the burden. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the author of the 1995 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) law, which partially repays county detention facilities for holding criminal illegal immigrants, has authored a new bill, SCAAP-II, to expand the payments to the costs of prosecution, as well. The bill is co- sponsored by all senators from the four border states, including Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, have co-authored a bill to increase the number of federal district judges in border states. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, has introduced a bill to distribute $25 million a year to border counties to help offset the cost of medical services to undocumented persons. Also, the current federal budget earmarks $300,000 for the U.S.-Mexico Border Counties Coalition to study health care costs along the border, she said.
But, she added, more reforms are needed.
"One of the reasons the payments from SCAAP have been so low is that its payment formula has less to do with the number of undocumented persons held in a county's detention center, than with the population of the county. As a result, the bulk of SCAAP's payments are going to places like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles," she said.
She added that the federal government should also consider giving more funding to states affected by illegal immigration. One limitation of the current study, she said, is that it concentrates on counties that are in direct proximity to the border, yet other counties are also affected.
"When a van containing 17 illegal immigrants crashed on Interstate 40 east of Albuquerque killing 13 people, it placed a burden on state and local law enforcement and health care systems in Bernalillo County, more than 200 miles from the border," she said.
The U.S.- Mexico Border Counties Coalition carried out the study under a grant from the U.S. Justice Department. Rubaii- Barrett, the director of NMSU's master of public administration program who frequently studies issues concerning local government, was asked to be one of four researchers who performed the study for the coalition.
The other researchers are Tanis J. Salant, of the University of Arizona's department of public administration, the study's principal investigator; Christine Brenner, of the University of Texas-El Paso's political science department; and John R. Weeks, of San Diego State University's geography department.
Source - http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2001/Feb2001/immigrnt.html
20+ million ILLEGAL aliens are in the United States of America.
Right now in the United States of America, ILLEGAL aliens have more rights than you do!
9/26/2010 - HAZELTON, PA - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - IT'S ILLEGAL TO ARREST AN ILLEGAL ALIEN. IT'S ILLEGAL TO ARREST OR PUNISH THOSE WHO HIRE OR RENT TO ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!
"There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." --Theodore Roosevelt
"This nation is in danger of becoming a Third World nightmare with all the corruption, disease, illiteracy, violence and balkanization known all over the world. We need a 10-year moratorium on all immigration to catch our collective breath and we need deportation of over 10 million illegal aliens in a slow and orderly fashion." --Ed Garrison
“The 1987 amnesty was a failure; rather than reducing illegal immigration, it led to an increase,” FAIR stated. “Any new amnesty measure will further weaken respect for our immigration laws. Therefore, all amnesty measures must be defeated.” --Frosty Wooldridge
President barry shits on the United States.
This is a picture of YOUR American president, (president barry soetoro, a.k.a barack obama) refusing to acknowledge the National Anthem of the United States of America. This picture clearly shows barry with his hands crossed across his vaginal area when the United States Anthem was playing.
barry has NO RESPECT for you, me, or America! Not only did he disrespect America, he just shit on the graves of every American Soldier that has died for this country.
6/15/2010 - PRESIDENT BARRY CAN'T EVEN KEEP A U.S. PARK OPEN!!! He gave the park to mexico & the illegal alien mexican drug cartel!!!
7/6/2010 - American President barry soetoro sues AMERICA!!!
9/11/2010 - YOUR president just gave mexico $1 billion dollars for deepwater oil drilling despite his own moratorium on U.S. deepwater drilling!? More proof that barry hates America!
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign. 2. A violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state. 3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
1. a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust. 2. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
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United States Code, Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part VIII, §1325 - "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who: 1) Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or 2) Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or 3) Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.
Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.
1. FORBIDDEN BY LAW; UNLAWFUL; ILLICIT 2. UNAUTHORIZED OR PROHIBITED BY A CODE OF OFFICIAL OR ACCEPTED RULES
3. A PERSON WHO HAS ENTERED OR ATTEMPTED TO ENTER A COUNTRY ILLEGALLY
1. a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization. 2. a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, esp. a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson.
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