The photo of angry demonstrators seeking (demanding) rights for illegal immigrants is next to "Major Cuts in County Health Care Foreseen" (May 2), on the L.A. County health-care system having to slash $688 million over three years. L.A. County's health department acknowledges that up to 3 million uninsured people already rely on free county care, and Kathryn Barger, the chief of staff for Supervisor Mike Antonovich, stated, regarding the budget cut, that "we have to make sure it's not compromising the quality . . . of care."
Wouldn't one way to cut costs without cutting care be to treat fewer patients? If (when) these illegal aliens get their "rights," who is going to pay for their health care? If they contribute "so much to the economy," as immigrant activists claim, certainly their employers will pay for their health care or they will purchase it themselves, right?
Why should tax dollars be appropriated for illegal rights? This is a major concern overlooked by labor leaders, community activists and thousands of people. When immigrants are documented legally, as required by the law, rights are included.
Not surprisingly, but certainly perplexing, The Times decided to devote prominent space in the newspaper on protests over anti-immigrant French presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen in Paris ("1 Million Marchers Take to Streets of France to Protest Against Le Pen," May 2) yet barely covered a similar protest against immigrant bashing here in Los Angeles that actually marched right by The Times' building on Spring Street.