The Immigration Policy Center believes not. Some evidence they give includes:
- Ku (AJPH 2009) reports that “immigrants’ medical costs averaged about 14% to 20% less than those who were US born.”
- Four out of five people in America who have no insurance are U.S. citizens.
- The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that in 2005 one out of every five uninsured Californias were undocumented.
- Undocumented overuse of the emergency room may be a myth. In 2006, 20% of U.S.-citizen adults and 22% of U.S.-citizen children had visited the emergency room within the past year. In contrast, 13% of noncitizen adults and 12% of noncitizen children had used emergency room care.