Deportation of alien people for medical reasons hits very close to home for Americans interests with regards to the US State Dept, Taiwan status, and the Health Care Finance Administration (Medicaid).
You may recall the US Trust Territory on your grade school maps in social studies class?
Well, these are now "freely associated states" with special alien status under a Free Compact with the USA. The trust territory is gone, and they are proudly independent members of the United Nations. Two have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, FAS status is much like being a "domestic country" for many of our federal programs including "Welfare" Medicaid. You may or may not have ever heard of the enormous "immigrant" burden placed upon Hawaii and Guam funding of these 'federal aliens' from Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. HCFA is at odds with the State Dept over this issue, and the INS officials have dramatically increased the potential denial of entry requirements to stem the flow of FAS "subsidized" citizens whom are only seeking superior health care within the sovereign territories of the USA. A Mexican illegal has much better access to "emergency Medicaid" than a FAS citizen in a lawful status. Mexican illegals get "amnesty" but FAS citizens just get barred from entry into the Mainland.
Taiwan has been most generous in seriously funding the developments of these diplomatic allies. This generosity really makes Taiwan most friendly to the US taxpayer.
What seriously irritates the State Dept position is the "One China" policy has been a centerstage spotlight on this uniquely domestic health issue of health insurance and immigrant status issues. The same "Red Team" folks at State have been the most active in eroding the humanitarianism of the HCFA in the name of "pragmatism". Cite any State Dept official in the Clinton administration whom was a part of the Asia/Pacific staffers, and they mostly likely had a resume with "insular affairs" experience. They also have capriciously and repeatedly sought to prevent the establishment of "universal health coverage" from applying to the FAS areas. HCFA has a problem with this as they feel we have an obligation under the Free Compact.
Cost-consciousness, taxpayer accountability or public health was not in their game plan at the State Dept, just their capricious defense of bureaucratic turf wars against those whom "opposed" them with private sector solutions to bigger government. If you are a "compassionate conservative" interested in the social problems like these, they'll level charges of McCarthyism on the drop of a hat. This FACT alone makes it literally impossible to work with any of the conservative religious charties most likely to build upon their extensive presence in these areas with a non-profit "private" health care infrastructure. This is just the tip of the iceberg but it is almost criminal to abuse such monopolistic powers in the name of "One China" under the Free Compact.
[img]images/smiles/icon_sad.gif[/img] Legal Opinion: FAS and Taiwan
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