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Debate heats up on healthcare for illegal immigrants

Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2009

To cover the needs of an estimated 6.8 million uninsured illegal immigrants, some advocates have proposed broadening the healthcare overhaul legislation now before Congress. It is immoral, immigration activists say, for hospitals and doctors to deny healthcare to the seriously ill, no matter their legal status. But proponents of tougher immigration enforcement and others fighting to contain runaway costs fear that providing such services would encourage more illegal border crossings.