Continued Hispanic immigration is swelling the ranks of the uninsured, as some 43% of non-citizens living in the US are medically uninsured. In a democratic society, that translates to more pressure for just the kind of proposal Schwarzenegger is making. The logic is really quite elementary. But when it comes to immigration, logic can be tough to come by, as Jared Taylor tersely explains:
We claim to be fighting poverty, but we import poor people. We claim to be fighting school failure but we import dropouts. We claim to be fighting disease, but we import tuberculosis and plague. We claim to be fighting crime, but we import people with high crime rates. This is baffling for anyone not in the uplift business and afraid of running out of work.Despite only representing about 5% of the total US population, illegal immigrants are a powerful determinant of a state's uninsured rate. The percentage of a state's population that is illegal correlates with the percentage of its population that is uninsured at a statistically significant .54 (data here). Look for Texas, New Mexico, and Florida, who have the nation's highest rates of uninsured(California is fourth), to eventually go the way of the Golden State and transfer wealth from natives to immigrants to better the latter's health.
Notice also that these states, including California, used to be GOP strongholds. Only Texas remains so, and even the Lone Star state is taking on a blue hue along its border with Mexico. Immigration is obliterating the Republican Party's hold on the Southwest by importing a deluge of what is the apotheosis of the Democratic Party's favored voter: destitute, diseased, uneducated, criminally-prone, member of an ethnic minority, and disproportionately urban.
Why the WSJ op/ed board can't come to terms with just how detrimental third-world Hispanic immigration is to the economic and social positions it takes is frustratingly confounding.