Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in
diverse places.
24:8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.




Guest Commentary
By Frosty Wooldridge
Sep 25, 2003, 00:50

Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other city residents in Michigan need to
understand they are getting more than they bargained for with increased
illegal immigration. By giving illegal aliens an ID card or any assistance,
you'll only get more of them. But it's what they are carrying that you won't
want. Few media sources report on the horrific health care crisis being
imported into the United States. There is another ticking bomb crossing our
borders daily by the thousands-- entirely unregulated, unscreened and
untracked in our nation. Their numbers average two per minute crossing our
southern border and over 800,000 annually, according the Center for
Immigration Studies in Washington, DC. SARS and West Nile virus make big
news, but other diseases are creeping into the heartland unnoticed.

In the past 40 years, the US incidents of leprosy stood at 900 recorded
cases. Today because of massive immigration from Third World countries, we
have more than 7,000 people suffering with leprosy, ''And those are the ones
we know about," said Dr. John Levis, physician at Bellevue Hospital's
Hansen's Disease Clinic in New York. "There are probably many, many more and
they are spreading." Most of those infected in the United States are
immigrants from global leprosy hot spots, places: Mexico, Brazil, India and
the Caribbean. But, in the past six years, Levis and his colleagues have
proved that a few of his patients - including a 73-year-old man from Queens
who had never been out of the country and an elderly Jewish man from
Westchester County, New York - have contracted leprosy in the United States.
Leprosy's symptoms?bumpy rashes, skin indentations and loss of feeling in
hands and feet. As a result, the disease is now officially endemic to the
Northeastern United States for the first time ever.

Another bug riding in the bodies of newcomers to America is tuberculosis. In
a recent article from 'THE PATIENT PREDATOR', Dr. Reichman of New Jersey TB
Clinic, "In the 1990s, cases among foreign born Americans rose from 29
percent to 41.6 percent. Anti-biotic resistant strains from Mexico have
migrated to Texas. Since three years ago, 16,000 new cases of TB were
discovered in the United States. Half were foreign born. Strains of TB once
found only in Mexico have migrated to border states of Texas, Arizona, New
Mexico and California. It will move north as illegal aliens work in
restaurants as cooks, dishwashers and food handlers. We sit on the edge of a
potential catastrophe."

Disease is another crisis 'sneaking' across our borders in the form of
unrestricted illegal immigration. Once it's inside our country, it's our
problem and we will be forced to pay for it. If Michigan political leaders
okay the Matricula Consular card and assist illegal immigration by not
enforcing our Homeland Security laws, Michigan residents and their children
are susceptible to more diseases. Hepatitis A,B and C run rampant in fast
food workers. These diseases kill. It's that simple and that harsh.

Email Comments: frostyw [at] juno [dot] com

Source: NY Times, Sharon Lerner, 2/20/03, 'LEPROSY ON THE RISE IN THE US';
Source: Dr. Kevin Patterson, 'THE PATIENT PREDATOR: TUBERCULOSIS', Mother
Jones News, March Issue, pages 72--79.

About the author: Frosty Wooldridge, former US Army Medical Service Corps
officer, teacher and author has bicycled 100,000 miles on 6 continents to
witness overpopulation up close and ugly. He wrote a weekly column while
living in Antarctica: 'CRYSTAL DESERT CONTINENT'.

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