RE: the below post about illegal aliens having so many babies at taxpayer expense
How many illegal alien babies are Oregon taxpayers footing the bill for? Several notable numbers:
Medicaid Advisory Committee (search terms highlighted)
Oregon births for 2004 were 45,400. Of the 20,000 of the total births paid by Medicaid, 4,800 were in the CAWEM program.
(CAWEM stands for Citizen Alien Waived Emergency Medical, as covered by me here and here and thank you for the reminder Rick)
Just so we are clear: more than 10% of all births in Oregon in 2004 were to illegal aliens. Let me say it again, one out of every ten babies born in Oregon has an illegal alien for a mother. Of the births that were paid for by taxpayers, 24% were from illegal aliens.
The kicker here is, I don't believe that these numbers include illegal alien babies where the mother just showed up at the hospital, gave birth and left with no intention of ever paying the bill. I will ironically use the term "undocumented birth" for this.
I have to believe that many illegal alien mommies are not in the CAWEM program despite the best efforts of our folks in "public service." These numbers were from 2004, I would have to imagine that the 2006 numbers are even worse.
The economic costs are staggering but the social costs worry me as well. One in ten children born into a criminal family. A family where they don't respect the law. Scary.