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Email: "From An ER Doctor"

January 15, 2010 5:29 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

"From an ER Doctor"

[note - all mistakes are original to the text]

Response

Wow.  This is an intense email. 

Have you ever visited the website FactCheck.org?  I think you would like it.  They "fact check" all kinds of stuff (on people of all political parties) and it's a great place to look for things that seem a little off.

I thought that this email was weird, so I checked FactCheck.org and found out it's all wrong.

Basically - "This email's claim that immigrants and refugees get more generous Social Security, SSI and Medicaid benefits than ordinary citizens is completely wrong."

For one thing: "The wrongheaded idea that refugees in the U.S. get 'a monthly allowance of $1,890' actually started as a mistaken claim about refugees in Canada."  Refugees don't get a paycheck from the government simply because they're refugees.

Additionally: "Many people see the word 'immigrants' and automatically think 'illegal,' and the plain fact is that illegal immigrants don't qualify for either SSI or Social Security. Illegal immigrants also don't qualify for Medicaid, except in certain emergency conditions, and that amounts to relatively little."

I'd encourage you to read the rest of the article, as it really clears some things up.  http://www.factcheck.org/2009/04/social-security-for-immigrants-and-refugees/

Frankly, I think it really sucks that whoever sent you this email is trying to make you and everyone else in their address book hate refugees and immigrants based on a bunch of inaccurate information.

Talk to you soon.



 


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