My across-the-street neighbors are in the process of having the siding on their house replaced. Yesterday, I arrived home and saw a firetruck, ambulance, and a police car in front of their house. One of the workers was lying on the ground and being tended to. Apparently they had set up some pretty crude scaffolding (two ladders and a wooden board) and it had collapsed while he was working on it. It turns out that he broke his elbow and cut his finger badly, but no neck or back injuries thankfully. Anyway, the first thing I thought about was that I hoped that all things considered, he was not in bad shape and would be fine in time. It was really scary. The second thing though that I thought about was what was to become of him. He was from Brazil and spoke no English. I don't mean to sound like I think that all Latin American immigrants in the United States are illegal immigrants, but there certainly is a sizeable population of illegal immigrants from Latin America. I immediately became concerned that if he was an illegal immigrant, seeking this health care would end in his deportation. What happens in a case like this in which an illegal immigrant needs emergency help? Do they get deported or is their status ignored?
Personal beliefs on what should happen are pretty much based purely on values when it comes to this. There aren't really any numbers or other information to back up a belief. Personally, it really worried me. As human beings, I think to essentially deny that man health care would be inhuman. I know that he would not be denied health care in the sense that that sounds like, but if he is afraid of being deported, he might not seek the emergency help he needs and is thus being detered from getting his care he needs. I know one can argue that he shouldn't be here in the first place if he is illegal. I stand at middle ground on the issue of illegal immigration. If the government wants to crack down on it in other areas, then I feel that they have the right to, whether or not I agree, but not in medical care. Maybe that man's employer instead of the US government needs to pay for his care, but I don't feel that it would be right to deport the man after treating him.
What are your thoughts on that? Please keep it civilized. There isn't any point in having a flame war because this is just values and you are not going to change someone's mind. If one starts, then so be it, but try to contain yourselves.