“(Illegal immigrants) are not eligible for Medicaid, but many still get sick and many get care, often in emergency rooms. … Should we ... force people to prove citizenship in emergency rooms? That's illegal, for good reason. Make verification requirements so onerous that not a single illegal immigrant slips through? It would be highly likely to snag deserving citizens—like old people who don't have their original birth certificates. … In the case of an epidemic, like swine flu, should illegal immigrants go untreated so they can infect legal residents and American citizens?
—New York Times