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Our View: A remedy for a problem that didn't exist

doctors, nurses sidelined by immigration measure in Georgia

Published: January 15, 2013 4:00 AM

The backlash against il-

legal immigration has prompted numerous measures targeted at "aliens," Arizona's "show me your papers" law being the most noteworthy. In Georgia, it appears that an immigration measure has turned out to be a case of legal overreach with unintended consequences.

A recent law there requires licensed health care professionals -- doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others in the medical field -- to prove that they are either citizens or foreigners who are legally permitted to be in the country when they renew their licenses to practice.

"In a state that licenses 500,000 practitioners, the law has sidelined some 500 doctors, 450 physician assistants and respiratory therapists and 600 nurses," the AARP Bulletin reports. Apparently, the additional paperwork is too much for short-staffed state regulatory agencies to process, so qualified medical professionals in Georgia are unable to do their jobs until the red tape is cleared up.

That means that sick people who rely on those doctors, nurses and other professionals have to make other arrangements for their medical care, or probably more likely, are going without it.

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As for the effectiveness of the law, so far it hasn't found a single foreigner working in the medical profession without a legal right to be in this country.

The law appears to be a "remedy" for a problem that didn't need to be fixed in the first place. And, sadly, it appears to have done more harm than good.

Our guess is that this is another case of crowd-pleasing, soundbite politics meeting reality, the end result being people losing access to their doctors and nurses.

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anonymous Jan 16, 2013 4:33 PM

I'm just going to call you C-Bill from now on, I like that nickname for you and no, I have never received welfare, foood stamps, disability. Actually my wife makes enough money, I can stay home and take care of the kids, with my liberal attitude.

anonymous Jan 16, 2013 3:39 PM

Is it that obvious Billy? Your the same guy that said it was obvious my daddy would beat Obama in the election. Jokes on you Billy, daddy didn't even want to be president. What's a conservative to do?

anonymous Jan 16, 2013 2:03 PM

I seem to recall a while back there was a Doctor practicing medicine in this country without being licensed to do so. He was an immigrant that came here and opened a practice. I think his medical training he received in his country did not meet the requirements here. Does anyone else remember this?

On the other hand there are many cases where an illegal is taking the jobs of license electricians, roofers, plumbers, and even teachers.

anonymous Jan 16, 2013 12:07 PM

It is obvious Tag and lance have no idea where taxpayer money is going...possibly because they are part of the recipient class living off opm?

anonymous Jan 15, 2013 9:18 PM

Lancer, Billy is a proud conservative hypocrite. I am positive Billy is not including white seniors when he says, "any one". Right Billy?

anonymous Jan 15, 2013 6:36 PM

According to Bill, all you seniors on social security better have your documentation ready or your check won't be there on the 1st

anonymous Jan 15, 2013 12:04 PM

They should instead make any one collecting welfare, ss, medicaid, ADC...prove they are legal citizens.