As Congress considers the reform of our health care system, there will be efforts by some in Congress to conflate health care reform and immigration reform in an effort to defeat both. These Members of Congress will argue that immigrants are responsible for our rising uninsured rate and rising health care costs, and they will push amendments to exclude immigrants from health care coverage. They will try to add immigration enforcement amendments unrelated to health care.
Health care reform and immigration reform should be argued on their own merits. The intersection of our immigration system and our health care system has been the subject of some research—and the facts, not surprisingly, differ from those asserted by those opposed to immigration. Below you will find links to resources that debunk some of the assertions being made by immigration restrictionists inside and outside of Congress. There are also links to materials concerning how immigrants should be treated in any overhaul of the health care system.