FLIMEN 2009 Archive

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Speaker Pelosi calls immigration enforcement "un-American"

 
Caught on tape with Rep. Gutierrez at her side during one stop of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Family Unity Campaign Speaker Nancy Pelosi called ICE immigration enforcement actions "un-American." 
 
 
With more than 10 million Americans out of work while 7 million illegal workers still hold jobs in our country Speaker Pelosi's pro-AMNESTY non-enforcement agenda begs the question who really is un-American.
 
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Pelosi has an F- Better Immigration Rating

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March 18, 2009


Senate Candidate Crist Supports AMNESTY.htm

Senatorial Appointee LeMieux Supports Immigration Enforcement

Apparent Harassment Lawsuit Filed to Intimidate Florida Sheriffs


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Jury Rules in Favor of Martin Memorial Hospital

At the April 8, 2008 State Affairs Workshop in Tallahassee, Martin Memorial Hospital testified to the horrendous cost of illegal alien health care.  The video of the Martin Memorial Hospital Administrator's testimony explains the costs of health care for Mr. Jimenez.  The video has had 2,648,431 views and 2,149 comments as of July 27, 2009 and is available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJxmJZXgNI

After a series of judicial scuffles the hospital returned Mr. Jimenez to his home country, only to be sued by the patient's cousin who was also legal guardian.  In a victory for taxpayers and for common sense, jurors on July 27, 2009 refused to award $1 million damages.

 http://www.tcoasttalk.com/2009/07/27/jury-in-favor-of-stuart-hospital-that-deported-immigrant/:

Jury rules in favor of Stuart hospital that deported immigrant

July 27th, 2009 by Daphne Duret

STUART — A Martin County jury this morning sided with a local hospital in a closely watched lawsuit surrounding the private deportation of a brain-damaged Guatemalan patient.

STUART — A Martin County jury this morning sided with a local hospital in a closely watched lawsuit surrounding the private deportation of a brain-damaged Guatemalan patient.
Martin Memorial Hospital officials in 2003 sent Luis Alberto Jimenez, an illegal immigrant, on a chartered flight back to Guatemala after he had run up more than $1.5 million in medical bills in a case that garnered national attention.

Attorneys for Jimenez’s guardian, Montejo Gaspar, had asked the jury to find that Martin Memorial acted unreasonable in deporting Jimenez and asked for more than $1 million for his care in Guatemala and punitive damages on top of that.
Jurists rejected their arguments in a verdict returned early this morning, ending about nine hours of deliberations that began Thursday afternoon.

Jurists late Friday had requested to hear for a second time the videotaped deposition from former hospital CEO Dick Harmon. In it, Harmon said he approved Jimenez’s transfer because he thought Gaspar’s attorneys had exhausted their appeals to a judge’s ruling allowing the deportation.

Health care and immigration experts nationwide have been closely watching the court action. Lawyers say it may be the first of its kind and underscores the dilemma facing hospitals with patients who require long-term care, are unable to pay and don’t qualify for federal or state aid because of their immigration status.

Jimenez, now 37, was a Mayan Indian sending money home to his wife and young sons when in 2000, a drunken driver plowed into a van he was riding in, leaving him a paraplegic with the mental capability of a fourth grader. Because of his brain injury, his cousin Gaspar was made his legal guardian.

Under federal law, Martin Memorial was required to care for Jimenez until someone else would take him. Because of his immigration status, no one else would. But hospitals that receive Medicare reimbursements are required to provide emergency care to all patients and must provide an acceptable discharge plan once the patient is stabilized.

Jimenez spent nearly three years at Martin Memorial before the hospital, backed by a letter from the Guatemalan government, got a Florida judge to OK the transfer to a facility in that country. Gaspar appealed.
But without telling Jimenez’s family — and the day after Gaspar filed an emergency request to stop the hospital’s plan — Martin Memorial put Jimenez on a $30,000 charter flight home early on July 10, 2003.

Weeks later, Jimenez was released from the Guatemalan hospital and soon wound up in his aging mother’s one-room home in a remote mountain village.
The case has raised the question of whether a hospital and a state court should be deciding whether to deport someone — a power long held by the federal government.
The lawsuit sought nearly $1 million to cover the estimated lifetime costs of his care in Guatemala, as well as damages for the hospital’s alleged “false imprisonment” and punitive damages to discourage other medical centers from taking similar action.


Staff writer Andrew Marra and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

July 27, 2009


Health Care Bill To Cover Illegal Aliens

Below you will find a timely article from FAIR that exposes the Democratic plan to include illegal aliens in their health care plan.  There is an additional link at: http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/health_care_obama/2009/07/19/237484.html.

http://www.fairus.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=20995&security=1601&news_iv_ctrl=1721#1

Democratic House Leaders Conceal the Fact That Their Health Bill Covers Illegal Aliens

Last week, Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their health care reform legislation entitled, "America's Affordable Health Care Act of 2009."  (Bill Text).  Despite the language in section 246 of the bill that states: "nothing… shall allow Federal payments [for] individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States," the bill actually raises more questions than it resolves with respect to whether the bill will burden American taxpayers by giving health care benefits to legal and illegal aliens.

The draft House bill — consisting of 1,018 pages — was introduced by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) and cosponsored by the chairmen of the three House committees of jurisdiction: Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee; Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chairmen of the Energy & Commerce Committee; and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the Education & Labor Committee.
Section 202 of this bill creates a Health Insurance Exchange (exchange) and states that "all individuals are eligible to obtain coverage" through the exchange.  The House Education & Labor Committee has produced a summary of the bill and explains that the exchange will allow individuals and employers to "comparison shop for coverage" and that the bill creates "new affordability credits… for people purchasing [health coverage] through the exchange."  (Education & Labor Summary).

Under Section 242, all legal aliens will qualify for the affordability credit.  Subsection (d) states that the affordability credits "shall not be treated [as] a benefit provided under section 403" of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.  Under Welfare Reform, legal aliens are generally required to wait five years before becoming eligible for welfare or other taxpayer funded benefits.  The House health reform bill eliminates that 5-year waiting period for legal aliens as applied to taxpayer financed health insurance subsidies, such as the affordability credit.  Accordingly, legal aliens will become immediately eligible for this government handout — a handout that would be paid for by the American taxpayers.

Given the bill's language, illegal aliens are also likely to qualify for the affordability credit.  This is true because there are no provisions that would prevent an illegal alien from participating in the exchange or from receiving the credit.  Likewise, there are no requirements that a government agency verify eligibility, whether through the SAVE system or otherwise.  (FAIR's explanation of the SAVE System).  Accordingly, without these important safeguards, illegal aliens would probably receive this subsidy.  The bill does limit eligibility to individuals who are "lawfully present in a State in the United States," but that language would be ineffective to prevent handouts to illegal aliens.  (Sec. 242(a)(1)).  Under U.S. immigration law, someone's status as an illegal alien is not determined by lawful presence in a State.  As a result, this language will have no effect in preventing illegal aliens from receiving the credit. 

Critics suggest that if the intent of the bill is to preclude illegal aliens from receiving this subsidy, the current language is woefully inadequate and would have to be dramatically revised.  For example, the bill could limit eligibility for the credit only to a "qualified alien" as defined by the Welfare Reform Act, which would preclude illegal aliens from receiving any benefit.  In addition, including a provision that requires eligibility verification, with the SAVE system, for every applicant for the credit would likewise prevent illegal aliens from receiving the credit.

At the same time as Congress is considering burdening taxpayers with the cost of health care for legal aliens, Massachusetts appears to be retreating from that idea.  Massachusetts is currently the only state to offer so-called "universal health coverage."  The Bay State is currently facing a budget crisis brought on by a decline in tax revenue and rising demand for state-financed services.  In response, state legislators have recently submitted a budget to eliminate taxpayer subsidized health coverage for approximately 30,000 legal immigrants under the "Commonwealth Care" program.  (Boston Globe, July 12, 2009; New York Times, July 14, 2009; Boston Globe, July 15, 2009; and SouthCoastToday.com, July 16, 2009).

July 21, 2009


ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THE WALL STREET BAILOUT

For the last 3-4 years the issue of home loans and credit cards to illegal aliens has been ignored by our elected officials.  The extend of this problem is essentially unknown and unreported mainly because our bumbling, dysfunctional government does not want to know about it. 

Be sure to read these articles:

Illegal Immigration And The Mortgage Mess (Michelle Malkin)

Exclusive: How Many Subprime Mortgages Were Awarded to Illegal Aliens? (Mike Cutler)

Tancredo Demands ‘Bailout’ Provisions that Bar Handouts to Illegal Aliens

Bank Offers American Dream To Illegal Immigrants (2006 Warning)

When dream homes become nightmares - Alleged predatory lending often leads to higher payments and foreclosure. Language barriers are an issue in heavily Latino areas.  (This Oct 2007 article explains the $615,00 Washington Mutual loans to an illegal alien making $9/hr.  Washington Mutual failed on September 25, 2008.)