Republican U.S. House candidate Carl Mumpower extends his xenophobia to a self-destructive, unpatriotic extreme when he advocates taking access to medical services away from undocumented immigrants.
Like it or not, we all drink the same water, eat the same food, breathe the same air and frequent the same places, while communicable diseases do not bother to check a potential host’s papers. As a mental-health professional, Mumpower really ought to know that healthier immigrants make for a healthier America.
I have worked in 35 countries, on every continent, and have never had difficulty accessing what medical services were available to the citizens. We shouldn’t treat the people who clean our homes, harvest our food and maintain our yards any differently.
It’s just what compassionate humans do, Carl.
Finally, has anyone else noticed that the ugly phrase, “lazy Mexican,” has thankfully dropped out of obese America’s lexicon.
— Lawrence Turk, RN