Reports from those tasked with providing medical treatment for migrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. are illustrating the overcrowded conditions in government-run detention centers are undoubtedly far better than what many migrants endure on their journey to America.
An unnamed “medical professional” in El Paso described the horrifying evidence of trauma and torture common among the thousands of illegal immigrants who arrive in the U.S. every day, as well as the real risks posed by those bringing serious diseases and medical issues along with them.
“There was a female, 10 years old, who was found with 20 different types of semen inside her body. She was dispatched to a family member. The girl who was with her who was supposedly a family member was not really a family member, just someone who bought her from her family in Guatemala,” the Texas medical professional told Big League Politics.
“These are real problems that exist here on the border. There are some people who are trying to leave jugs of water out here for them. A lot of these people come to this country needing help,” the professional said.
Medical problems include chronic issues many of the migrants have had for a long time, while others they picked up in route to the U.S.
“There are a lot of people who come here from El Salvador, Guatemala who are in acute renal failure, they cannot walk. There are some who have come with cirrhosis of the liver. I’ve seen some patients who are almost at the point of dying with the cirrhosis that they have,” the medical professional said. “The time and resources it takes up to treat them is massive.”
“There have been some women who have come forward who said they were raped…in the end you have to believe they were because of the damage done to them, either vaginally or anally,” the professional said.
“A lot of these children come over here sick, you don’t catch the flu overnight, there’s an incubation period. A lot of these kids are already sick coming here. Right now, at least 2 percent are being taken up by people who are coming here illegally, somehow someway they do have insurance. We’re guessing that as soon as they come over here they get some kind of insurance, whatever they are not given we have to foot the bill here, and they are illnesses they have had for a while,” according to the source.
There’s also apparently diseases coming across that locals can’t even identify.
“There were some Congolese people caught crossing the border, it was suspected they had Ebola. In one facility there are three patients being held because they don’t know what they have. The CDC have been here to assess them. They are isolated, they only have certain specialists who can see them,” according to the insider.
“What scares me is what happens if we someone come over here with Ebola. We only need one person, and there’s a pandemic.”
Through the first eight months of fiscal year 2019, Border Patrol agents have apprehended nearly 600,000 illegal immigrants, and more than 80,000 others presented themselves at ports of entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
Of course, thousands simply stroll into the U.S. undetected, though nobody knows how many.
Politifact attempted to track down an accurate estimate in January and ultimately concluded somewhere between 55% and 85% of those who attempt to cross are arrested – a statistic that comes from a 2017 Department of Homeland Security report.
Experts suggest that figure has probably increased with improved enforcement, but likely does not eclipse 90 percent. In other words, it’s accepted that tens of thousands of illegal immigrants make into the U.S. every year with no screening whatsoever.
The Hidalgo County Young Republicans posted a video last week of dozens marching through residential neighborhoods along the Texas border – a daily occurrence according to the folks who live in the neighborhood.
Once in the U.S., illegal immigrants are free to access state and federal benefits, from free education and healthcare to taxpayer funded subsidies for food, housing, legal and other expenses. More than half of U.S. states provide benefits to illegal immigrants, including some not available to those footing the bill.
According to Fox News:
A FAIR study in 2017 found illegal immigrants are a net consumer of taxpayer benefits worth more than $100 billion a year, not including the cost of enforcing the border.
While federal benefits are supposed to be off limits, in practice many are not. More than 25,000 undocumented workers receive subsidized housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Children receive free education and most qualify for English lessons and free school breakfast and lunch.
Illegal immigrants do not qualify for Obamacare but under federal law, hospitals and clinics are required to provide urgent medical care without regard to legal status. Pregnant women are entitled to prenatal and postpartum care under the Women, Infants and Children program. Infant delivery costs are paid for by Medicaid. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a federal-state immigrant insurance program cost $2 billion a year in emergency treatment, not including the $1.24 billion in infant delivery expenses.
Illegal immigrants are not entitled to food stamps, but families with U.S.-born children are. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 31% of such families use the SNAP program and more than 50% of Central American families in the U.S. use at least one welfare program.