Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.): Healthcare and taxpayer funded government benefits for Cubans, but not MexicansTuesday, June 18th, 2013
Diaz-Balart said Monday that the issue of healthcare subsidies remains the final hurdle to a legal immigration reform deal.
“Should the taxpayer be stuck with the bill of the healthcare of the 10 million or 11 million people? Or should those folks who are going to be legalized — earn legalization — should they be responsible for their health care bill?” he asked. “That’s the issue we haven’t solved yet. I think once we do that, we’ll hopefully have a bipartisan proposal.”
But what about the government paychecks and free healthcare given to Cuban immigrants under the Cuban Adjustment Act?
Is a Cuban immigrant really different than a Mexican immigrant? Cubans come to our country to benefit economically, and in fact we give them paychecks for at least one year once their wet foot touches dry land. [The Cuban Adjustment Act and the benefits (which come with taxpayer-funded U.S. government benefits, are afforded to Cuban Americans under it.]
Why are members of Cuban immigrant families s so quick to shut the door behind them after they have been given government benefits?