Babies, Tax Burdens, and Immigration

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Babies, Tax Burdens, and Immigration

May 6, 2008

It is difficult to speak of ethnicity, race and national origin these days without being labeled all sorts of things, but I am going to try.

The Boston Globe carried a story that said immigrant births are reshaping Massachusetts. As many leave this highly taxed and regulated state, immigrants are coming in and having large families. The percentage of babies born to immigrants, many of them no doubt illegal, has nearly doubled since 1989.

This is putting a huge burden on the state. I have seen some of it at Boston Medical Center, where the overwhelming majority of patients are from somewhere else. From the looks of them, there is no way they could be paying for their medical care. So guess who does? The taxpayers and those of us who can afford insurance.

The character of our nation is being altered and no one is asking the rest of us if we are in favor of it. Don’t we get a say? The nation passed down to us by our parents and grandparents is being changed before our eyes and no one at the top of our government seems interested in doing much about it.


Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.

Babies, Tax Burdens, and Immigration