A true conundrum (AKA Arizona, Hospitals and Illegal Immigrants)

February 15, 2011

At first, I was going to get up in arms about Arizona’s recent attack against illegal immigrants. Now, I’m more mixed.

There is a proposal to require hospitals to report illegal immigrants to the authorities. This could easily go against the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which requires that everyone be treated, regardless of citizenship. But, if they are initially treating them in emergency situations, there is nothing wrong with then having to report a criminal to the authorities.

Really, what this comes down to are two things:

1) Do illegal immigrants deserve non-emergency treatment? Will this prevent people from going in for treatment, only causing further costs when they get emergency treatment?

2) What are hospitals required to take in terms of identification? What systems would need to be in place for them to check records? What would happen to the hospital/employees if they didn’t report it? How would the State of Arizona know, anyway?

As much as we can question what causes illegal immigration or if we are enabling it, it remains a crime. I imagine that other criminals would be reported by the hospital to authorities, so I don’t see the difference in this case, provided it isn’t an undue burden on the hospital to check ID. As always, what we really need to do is deal with immigration in a serious way.

What say you?


States ignoring U.S. Constitution

February 14, 2011

“No State shall… coin Money” [Article One, Section Ten, U.S. Constitution]

I am thoroughly confused by the headline that I read today.

A state senator in South Carolina and a Virginia delegate have respectively suggested that their states look into what it would take to print and coin their own currency, in the event of a failure of the Federal Reserve due to hyperinflation.

What sort of a world are we living in where people are getting elected and are allowed to stay in office when they are going directly against not only the spirit, but the letter of the law of the Constitution? Is that not part of their oaths of office?

I keep feeling like there’s more to say, but there really isn’t. This is asinine in every way, shape and form.

S3: Riga, Latvia

February 8, 2011

Roni is showed around the schizophrenic city of Riga during the 500th anniversary of the Christmas/New Year’s tree.


S3: The Hermitage

February 2, 2011

Roni is overwhelmed by his 2nd massive realization about St. Petersburg while walking around The Hermitage.


Roni Gives A Speech

February 1, 2011

The poster tells the story.

Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking at UW Bothell about teaching English abroad.

For my experiences, check this page out.

If you have further questions, e-mail me: roniweiss (@) gmail.com

ROL Shorts: Turkish School

January 28, 2011

Roni is mobbed while visiting a school outside of Istanbul. (As seen on my FB page: http://facebook.com/fansofroniweiss)

S3: St. Petersburg

January 27, 2011

Roni is rubbed the wrong way in Part 1/2 of St. Petersburg. Watch to find out why he initially doesn’t like the former Imperial capital.

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