$478,000 illegal mexican

Weak immigrant sent home after free treatment in Ariz.
ECATEPEC, Mexico – When the motorcycle that illegal immigrant Laura Velázquez was riding slammed into a concrete wall, it cost a Phoenix hospital $478,000 to save her life.

The hospital is footing the bill. But Velázquez’s life in America is finished after hospital officials sent her back to Mexico.

Velázquez’s story is an example of what happens when uninsured illegal immigrants need medical care, a problem that costs American hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars each year. It’s a critical issue, because a federal program aimed at reimbursing hospitals is scheduled to disappear at the end of this year.

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