September 30, 2009

IMMIGRATION POLICY CENTER REPORT

THE TRUTH ABOUT COSTLY VERIFICATION SYSTEMS

UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS AND HEALTH CARE 

 

As health care bills make their way through Congress, lawmakers are debating 

whether or not to include overly burdensome citizenship verification requirements to ensure 

that unauthorized immigrants do not have access to health insurance.  However, past attempts 

to implement these kinds of additional measures have prevented U.S. citizens and legal 

immigrants from receiving health care, while uncovering very few instances of unauthorized 

immigrants trying to abuse the system. In fact, research shows that unauthorized immigrants 

do not come to the United States for health care benefits or any other public services for 

which they are not eligible. These additional measures threaten to ensnare far more citizens 

than unauthorized immigrants and add unnecessary costs to health care reform.


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