Saturday, January 26, 2013

Arizona legislator proposes hospitals check citizenship status

Arizona legislator proposes hospitals check citizenship status
A legislator in Arizona has introduced a bill which would require hospital workers to ask patients with no insurance whether they are in this country legally. Maricopa County Republican legislator Steve Smith introduced HB 2293, saying this would be a way to try to find out how much money is spent on undocumented immigrants.

“I get asked from constituents all the time,” Smith said. “How much money does Arizona spend on free services for illegal aliens? And the answer is, we have no clue.”

Apart from asking an uninsured person if they are legal, the bill would ask the hospital worker to call the police if he or she suspects the patient is undocumented.

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