Anti-Immigrant Politics Reaches a New, Immoral Low

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Anti-Immigrant Politics Reaches a New, Immoral Low

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For Immediate Release: Friday, November 03, 2006
Contact: Germonique Jones 202-494-9876 (cell)


Anti-Immigrant Politics Reaches a New, Immoral Low

Bush Administration Denies Healthcare for Newborn U.S. Citizens


(Washington, DC) Days before Americans go to the polls, the Bush Administration clarified new rules yesterday requiring that newborn babies born in U.S. hospitals would have to provide new written proof of U.S. citizenship before receiving Medicaid healthcare benefits. The announcement comes at the height of a campaign season stained by an anti-immigrant strategy deployed by Congressional candidates nationwide.

Statement of Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, Center for Community Change:

“Trying to score political points by smothering newborn babies with red tape is a disgusting new low. Throughout the year, we've seen candidates employ a myriad of racist tactics to rob immigrants of their humanity just to appear “tough” on immigration.

With this assault on newborn U.S. citizens, the Bush administration has gone way over the line. This decision by the Bush administration is an outrageous affront to commonly shared values of what it means to be a citizen and even of what it means to be a human being. Is the President of the United States saying that it's OK for American newborns to languish and die because their parents might be undocumented or can't get access to the paperwork they need?

Immigrants, their families and decent, caring, moral Americans of all backgrounds will not stand for such blatant anti-immigrant attacks on innocent children. Many political leaders have shown their true colors during this election season – and millions of Americans of conscience will not likely forget it.”

An analysis issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year found such policy changes unnecessary. Babies born in U.S. hospitals are, by definition, U.S. citizens, yet the Bush Administration is building a new wall between these newborns and the healthcare they need. These changes apply to children of all parents, undocumented or not.

High quality healthcare is critical for newborns in their first year of life. Experts warn that it could take months to get a birth certificate, apply for Medicaid and cut through this new red tape.

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Post by admin » Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:05 am

What worries me deeply about America is that news like this hardly register anymore.

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