Sunday, March 5, 2023

Illegal Immigrants Taking Beds from Local Residents in Arizona Hospital; Local Arizona Leaders Detail Reality of Border Crisis at Hearing Democrats Boycotted

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Illegal immigrants taking beds from local residents in Arizona hospital:
The main hospital in Yuma, Arizona, put a price tag on the border crisis, with its officials telling lawmakers Thursday that it spent $26 million last year on uncompensated care for the wave of illegal immigrants who threaten to swamp the facility.
Dr. Robert Trenschel, president and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, said migrants are particularly stressful patients, needing everything from dialysis to heart surgery to prenatal care — often the first such care pregnant women have ever received.
And when babies are born, they may have to stay in the intensive care unit for a month because of the complications of their situation.
Dr. Trenschel said discharging migrants is also tougher because they have to provide for a safe discharge, which can mean buying them medical equipment and flying them to relatives.
The migrants are crowding out Yuma’s residents, competing for beds in the emergency room or forcing delays in elective surgery because doctors are needed to care for the migrants.
“We’ve had to delay maternity patients with planned inductions because we’ve simply been out of space in our maternity unit with migrant patients who’ve had deliveries,” the doctor said.
Dr. Trenschel testified at a field hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee. --->READ MORE HERE
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Local Arizona Leaders Detail Reality of Border Crisis at Hearing Democrats Boycotted:
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing at the southern border Thursday focused on the effects of the border crisis on a local Arizona community. “The Biden Border Crisis,” marked the second hearing the committee held on the situation at the southern border this Congress.
“It’s about time we told the truth. It’s about time we fix this problem,” Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, R-N.J., said of the border crisis during an interview with The Daily Signal shortly before the hearing began.
“And here’s the bottom line,” Van Drew added, “it is fixable. We don’t have to have this happen. This was self-created by President [Joe] Biden, by Secretary [of Homeland Security] Alejandro Mayorkas, and this administration.”
The committee held the hearing in Yuma County, located about 150 miles southwest of Phoenix. The city has a population of about 207,000 and is a large agricultural community.
Members of Congress heard from three witnesses at the hearing, all of whom are well acquainted with the ways in which the surge of illegal aliens crossing the border is affecting their community: Jonathan Lines, a Yuma County district supervisor, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, and Dr. Robert Trenschel, president and CEO of the Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Following opening remarks from House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, witnesses detailed the reality of the border crisis in Yuma County, and GOP members committed to do all in their power to stop the surge of migrants crossing the border illegally while taking swings at the Biden administration and their Democrat colleagues.
Democrats Boycott Hearing --->READ MORE HERE

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