In response to Randolph's 12/20/02 letter, you are correct in that undocumented immigrants are only eligible for
emergency medical assistance (and only if they have dependents and the
condition is considered a "true" emergency), pregnant women are also
eligible (if eligible by income), but only until 90 days after delivery of
their US Citizen child. They contribute to a system through their work from
which most are not even eligible to benefit. They work hard and long hours
in jobs that most would not even last a day. Just an interesting bit of
information: on the INS citizenship test, one of the questions is, "Whose
rights are protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?" The
is "All those living in the US." Very interesting as our word is not the
same as our deeds....Just a reflection.
We are all immigrants, unless we are Native American (or Mexican in some
parts of the country).
Hispanic Ministry - Diocese of Joliet at Catholic Charities
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