Friday, February 18, 2011

Faith Leaders Concerned about Immigrant Patient Bill |

Faith Leaders Concerned about Immigrant Patient Bill |

A bill requiring doctors to report illegal immigrant patients has caused concern, not just in the medical community, but among Christians as well.

“When governments impose these unfair laws, they do so out of fear – a fear rooted in hatred and anger toward those who are perceived to be threats,” she explained.

You are now turning medical professionals into full-time INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) agents," said Arizona Sen. Steve Gallardo, speaking at a news conference Monday. "Doctors that should be working to help treat ill patients are now turning into ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents."

Advocates argue that the bill is instrumental in the fight against illegal immigration, which cost hospitals tens of millions in lost revenue due to illegal immigrants being treated in emergency rooms.

Though the state legislature threw out the bill on Monday, Guerrero feels that lawmakers should in the future make decisions based on compassion for the individual....

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