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Billion Dollar “Anchor” Babies

Billion Dollar “Anchor” Babies

JULY 28, 2006

Immigration advocates consistently disputing the astronomical burden that illegal immigrants have on U.S. taxpayers, need to look at the case of an illegal Mexican migrant with ten American-born children on public assistance.

The woman has lived in this country illegally for more than two decades and, earlier this month, she had quadruplets. Just three years ago she actually took fertility drugs to have triplets and the family lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. Of course, her costly surgeries, hospital stays and the lengthy neonatal intensive care of the multiples has been picked up by U.S. taxpayers.

All ten children are U.S. citizens, attend public schools for free and have had their healthcare bills covered by Medical, the California and federal healthcare program for the poor. Additionally, the triplets receive subsidized school lunches and one boy has been hospitalized practically his entire life and has undergone three state-funded brain operations. He will probably require more and his illegal immigrant parents receive $700 in monthly Social Security payments to help with his medical needs.

No wonder the 40-year-old Mexican woman, Angela Magdeleno, loves the United States, saying that “I thank this country that they gave me Medical. There’s nothing like that in Mexico.”

It’s estimated that more than 300,000 so-called “anchor” babies are born to illegal alien mothers each year in the U.S. — babies who automatically attain U.S. citizenship. Besides billions of dollars in medical costs, a Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons report says that these anchor babies have caused enormous rises in Medicaid costs and stipends under supplemental security and disability income.

The report also lists 84 California hospitals that have closed as a direct result of the rising number of illegal aliens and their non-reimbursed tax on the system. Additionally, the report says, many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio and dengue.

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