As noted in the Press of Atlantic City:
Jesse Kurtz, of Atlantic City, suggested saving money by enforcing immigration laws and denying health care to people who are in the country illegally.
Enforcing the laws is a good thing. We are in the bad habit of turning a blind eye to certain laws and being overbearing with other laws. All of the laws should be enforced until they are changed by legislation. There is a significant portion of the state budget devoted to health care costs for illegal aliens who show up in the hospital.
My respondent implied that enforcing the law will prevent illegals and legal citizens from receiving treatment in an emergency. When someone shows up to the hospital, on the verge of death, I would never suggest that we turn them away. American hospitals treat anyone who enters their door in critical condition, without regard to monetary or citizen status. After treating an illegal alien, there should be a van ready to begin the deportation of said illegal alien. Enforce the laws.
In response to my comment, Assemblyman Michael J. Doherty alluded to a bill he sponsors that makes it easier to enforce our immigration laws. The Assemblyman proposes that citizenship must be established in order to receive any state, local, or county benefit. A658 Requires proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain certain benefits.
The bill eliminates costs resulting from illegal aliens turning up in hospitals, schools, and even receiving a share of the recent economic stimulus plan. The bill helps the AtlantiCare Medical Center in Atlantic City, decreasing the number of illegal aliens that the hospital treats, does not receive payment, and then passes the bill to taxpayers.