Insuring The Uninsured : Where Should Undocumented Immigrants

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Insuring the Uninsured: Where Should Undocumented Immigrants Stand
The United States has maintained a tolerate-hate relationship with undocumented immigrants, and really immigrants in general. According to Pedraza and Rumbaut (1996) history has shown that their presence is necessary for economic development, especially in the labor workforce that has remained undesirable to native residents. However as Hilfinger-Messias, McEwen, and Boyle (2015) explain, more often then not when immigrants become increasingly visible in society nativism resurfaces exclusionary tendencies, and immigration policies become increasingly prohibitive and strict, especially when the U.S. economy is unstable. Even with regulations restricting illegal immigration Pedraza & Rumbaut (1996) highlight undocumented workers continue to arrive in hopes of creating a better life for themselves and their families.
The Pew Research Center (2015) reported that in 2014, “there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2014…[which] currently makes up 3.5% of the nation’s population” (para. 10). Jerome-D’Emilia and Suplee (2012) further explain that of these 11.3 million undocumented immigrants it is estimated that 60% of these individuals do not have health insurance, which translates to over 6.7 million uninsured within this population alone making up 27% of the uninsured within the U.S. An undocumented immigrant as described by Hilfinger-Messias, McEwen, and Clark (2015) entails, “individuals…

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