Friday, January 21, 2011

Mexican Organs: Performing the Vital Functions American Organs Won't

Part of the reason we have no patience for the "We Hate Illegal Immigrants" crowd is that they tend to have no interest whatsoever in making legal immigration any easier. We have a friend here who is married to a gringo. Last year, her husband went back to the US to do some freelance work. Our amiga - an English-speaking, college-educated, gainfully employed woman with deep family ties here, no desire to live in the US, and certifiably free of anchor babies - applied at the US Embassy for a visa so she that might visit her hard-working husband. Or, more accurately, she applied for an appointment to apply for a visa. Her husband's six-month project came and went, and he returned to Mexico last month. She's still waiting to hear when she might possibly be allowed an appointment to apply for that now-moot visa.

Of course, that's merely a pointless annoyance. This is a life-and-death outrage:

The clock is ticking for Dr. Gabriel Danovitch’s patient. Dr. Danovitch, a transplant surgeon at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, is treating an immigrant from Mexico in his 40s whose kidneys have failed. The patient is a good candidate for a transplant and has a donor, his brother.

But there is a big problem: His brother is a Mexican citizen whose application for a visa to come to the United States was not granted.

Physicians who perform transplants say patients who need organ donations from a family member or other close match outside the United States face hurdles that are often hard to surmount. Difficulties in obtaining visas leave many potential donors frustrated and force their sick relatives in the United States to wait months or even years on a list for organs like a liver or kidney.

Seriously? How about, can we give a visa just to his kidney? They could take it out at the Otay Mesa border station and wheel the rest of him back to Mexico before he's able to wake up and apply for welfare and food stamps.

At least his brother doesn't live in the Failed State of Arizona. The death panels there won't even give organ to white people these days.

10 comments:

Dave said...

It really is absurd. Maybe they could take some energy away from trying to ascertain whether legal immigrants have ever been Communists and actually work to get people in who shouldn't be cooling their heels for months waiting.

How about a medical class visa? K-5 for kidney donors?

Anonymous said...

It would probably be worth mentioning that the reason why the brother of the kidney transplant patient was not given a visa is that he has a criminal record and in ineligible for a visa. Also of note is that they perform kidney transplants in Mexico, and as you have reminded us often, medical procedures are cheaper in Mexico and the doctors are just as proficient as those in the US. So that poor, poor immigrant is free to travel to Mexico and get all fixed up on his dime.

Problem solved. Next!

Burro Hall said...

And by "mentioning," do you mean "inventing"? Or do you actually know the unnamed patient and his brother, and the brother's legal history?

Anonymous said...

Do you have any idea the amount of people that apply for visas near the border have criminal records? It's a significant percent. Usually when someone is denied an emergency visa it's because they either have a criminal record or no ties to Mexico that would make them return home after getting the pass to cross.

Anyway, can't he come down and take advantage of the modern Mexican medical system for the transplant? Oh wait, I forgot, it's only for the light skinned Mexican elite, government workers, and gringos. Oh well.

Burro Hall said...

So, in other words, you just made that shit up. Got it.

I accept your apology.

Patriot said...

Well if they release the name we can find out for sure...until then it's speculation...

But know that US Consulates have no burning desire to refuse visas to deserving applicants. If they qualify, they'll get issued. If they're unemployed and have a history of working illegally in the US, drug smuggling hits, or attempts to enter the US illegally, they'll be denied an emergency visa...it is what it is.

Burro Hall said...

"Speculation" is a polite way of putting it, don't you think? Let's go with "character assassination" for the moment.

Cheryl Arredondo said...

I love how "anonymous" people like to insinuate that all US Citizens are 100% crime-free and have never had a skirmish with the law.

Burro Hall said...

Anon isn't our brightest commenter, let's just say.

bob cox said...

Also worth mentioning... If a Mexican wants to get an "appointment" for a visa he/she has to put up $150 clams in advance and if the visa is denied for whatever reason... like the consul officer might be constipated that day.... NO REFUNDS !!! What a racket!!!