Yesterday, I heard this case being discussed on the radio. A gay Mexican illegal alien with AIDS has been granted political asylum in the US after accounting how a local police officer in Mexico had persecuted and abused him.
Obviously, I have sympathies for Mr. Jose Boer-Sedano, who sounds like he’s had a rough life and is living under a death sentence. But let’s look at a few facts that came up in the story:
* He initially came to the United States in 1990, on a six-month visa, and apparently has never left.
* He was diagnosed with AIDS in the US in 1992.
* The government began deportation proceedings on him in 1997.
* The extent of his “persecution” is from a single local police officer.
* He currently works as a waiter and busboy at a San Francisco hotel, despite the fact that until his asylum request was granted, I don’t believe he could legally work.
Just for fun, let’s run Mr. Boer-Sedano’s case through my suggested immigration reforms:
1) Mr. Boer-Sedano would have been deported within 72 hours of his first apprehension, ending the matter there.
2) If that didn’t happen, then his request for asylum would have been summarily rejected, as he did not seek it out. He only brought it up upon his capture. Nor did he do so in a timely fashion.
3) (doesn’t apply)
4) Now that he’s here and suffering from AIDS (which estimates say costs about $250,000/year to treat), I’d be willing to wager he isn’t covering his medical expenses as a busboy and waiter. That means that you and I are paying for it. So that means that we’d take that quarter of a million out of the 33 billion Mexico received in 2004.
5) The hotel that employs Mr. Boer-Sedano would have been heavily fined for hiring him while he was still an illegal alien.
6) The medical facility that diagnosed Mr. Boer-Sedano’s HIV infection would have reported him as an illegal alien.
7) (Doesn’t apply)
8) Mr. Boer-Sedano would have been returned to Mexico in 1992, and forbidden from legally re-entering the United States for three years.
9) Mr. Boer-Sedano would have had to find some way to cover his $250,000 annual AIDS treatment after using up the $2,000 maximum, not simply expecting working Americans to pick up his tab for him — as we’re doing now.
As I said, I have a great deal of sympathy for Mr. Boer-Sedano. But our resources are finite. I believe they’d be much better spent on caring for Americans first, then legal immigrants second, and illegal aliens last of all.