The Des Moines Register, May 2, 2013

In last night's "The Word" segment of "The Colbert Report," comedian Stephen Colbert compared the practice of some Iowa hospitals deporting sick undocumented workers to dumping psychiatric patients off on neighboring states' street corners. "A hospital is no place to be sick," Colbert said, "especially if you're an undocumented worker in Iowa." The practice of deporting undocumented workers who can't pay for healthcare costs—known as "medical repatriation"—has drawn stiff criticism since an April report revealed Iowa Methodist Medical Center had deported two Mexican men without consulting immigration officials rather than taking on their treatment.

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