Texas Hospital Accused Of Trying To Send Paralyzed Illegal Back To Mexico

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GALVESTON, Texas (CBS Houston) — A Texas medical facility is being accused of pressuring a paralyzed illegal immigrant to return to Mexico.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been treating Francisco Martinez for three months since a workplace injury left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Since Martinez does not have insurance, the hospital is trying to point him back to Mexico, according to his wife. Brandi Cullen Valderram, Martinez’s wife, told KHOU-TV that UTMB has been telling them that there’s no other option but for Martinez to return to Mexico, even offering the illegal immigrant a free flight back, which he doesn’t want to accept.

The matter is a complicated one for UTMB, though not an uncommon one, frequently occurring in the border states.

“Under state and federal laws, we are obligated to provide emergency treatment without regard to citizenship, legal status or ability to pay,” UTMB spokesman Raul Reyes told CBS Houston. “There are no reimbursement provisions to the laws. Such a patient admitted to a hospital can be discharged after he or she is stabilized, with a patient’s consent or when the patient’s condition requires a transfer to a facility better equipped to continue treatment.”

Galveston is still trying to improve some of its facilities and procedures in the wake of recent deadly storms, especially when Hurricane Ike devastated the area in 2008. There’s also the issue of hospitals being obligated to pay for uncompensated health care, which has had its funding tapped into by the state legislature to help balance the state’s budget.

This becomes a challenge when trying to assist situations like Martinez, said Joe Compian of Gulf Coast Interfaith, a group specializing in health care issues for families in the region.

“The community is still struggling to rebuild its emergency health care capacity,” he said. “We’re also in the unenviable position of Texas having the highest level of uninsured people in the country.”

Valderram tells the station that she and her son are staying in a shelter, while Martinez continues to be hospitalized.

  • Feynman

    How is it complicated? Send him, and all the other illegals back. It is unconstitutional to use our US tax dollars to benefit non-citizens, and I’m tired of it.

    • julia

      Why isn’t the Mexican Consulate offering to pay ? Why is the wife demanding free medical care for her illegal husband on the backs of the paying patients? This is just plain wrong. The employer, the family, and the Mexican government need to pony up to either transport this guy or pay his medical bills. Enough with this nonsense. Deportation…Si Se Puede!

    • Tessy

      I agree … he needs to go back to Mexico.

    • indielogic

      This is the problem with illegality. When something bad happens, others have to care for you, and it is rubbing salt in an open wound to expect people you’ve been defrauding to do it. I’m betting the employer was illegal in hiring him, to and should shoulder the lions share of the resonsibility. It was a risk they took, and now they ahve to pay the piper, NOT US.

    • miked

      thats right drop his greaser ass off at the border hes not our peoblem

    • k

      He should be dumped in the streets, like they would do to us.

      • mtobryan

        John Doe
        Apparently you are NOT an Iraq War Veteran. If you really were, then you would know you are covered by the Veterans Administration.

      • john doe

        I am an american Iraq war vet. caught hiv when my girlfriend cheated on me. I have no healthcare, and the clinic I went to asked for more money then i have to pay for the life saving drugs i need. I am going to die because of no healthcare, and no money. how is it that this non-citizen can get free healthcare, and i, a iraqi war vet, cannot? i dont even want healthcare… i just want the pills!

    • http://ny9solyndra.wordpress.com NY9Solyndra

      Article 4 of the Mexican Constitution guarantees free health care for ALL Mexican citizens.

      Since federally-provided health care is such a great thing, he should be sent back to enjoy it.

      • bridget

        Thank you! 3 months in a hospital?! That is insanely expensive.

      • Luna

        Thanks for pointing this out, NY9. While the Mexican constitution doesn’t explicitly declare that medical care is free, is does mandate that every person does have the right to received medical treatment, when deemed necessary.

        I also noticed that education, including college is defined as free when provided by the Mexican state. Which makes me wonder why the heck Mexico has been exporting their citizens across our border, while enjoying billions in US remittances by alien workers inside of the US. Could it be that it’s cheaper for Mexico if we pay for the care of their citizens????

        Link to the Mexican Constitution:

    • mobildata

      The hijacked US government is un-Constitutional


        America’s Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, Investigating the Kenyan Occupier in The White House – http://www.ObamaReleaseYourRecords.blogspot.com

      • God bless America

        Watch O’Bummer continie his Chavez type moves.

        Wake up America, it may be too late.


        INVASION U$A NEWS – http://www.AmericanPatrol.com

      • Feynman

        Who is John Galt?

    • illiad

      Do we think that if this was an American, that Mexico would take care of us? I agree. We have enough misery here with Americans who don’t want insurance and get hurt (we foot the bill).

      • Christina Alcazar

        Well, if you go to Mexico, Russia or most of Europe, the answer is YES. You would be taken care. I have had it happen to me. No health insurance while over sea’s and I was picked up by an ambulance, seen by a doctor, given medication and then driven home in the ambulance. In most other countries doctors don’t make as much money as they do in the US and healthcare costs are not as ridiculously high as they are here. Our healthcare system is severely flawed.Sir or madam, to me it seems that you have not traveled very much, and know little about how other countries work, but hopefully you are never in a situation like this.

      • Luna

        A respondent here posted the following:

        “File a Law Suit against the person and take everything he has for the rest of his life. They hired this man knowing he is illegal and that lets him save money.”

        How presumptuous, and woefully uninformed this respondent is! How could the respondent possibly know that the employer hired the alien knowing that he was not here legally???

        I live in a border state, and if I had a $1 for every time an illegal used fake identification, I’d be on the Forbes list. Identity theft is a huge part of the illegal alien problem. To which the current administration is turning a blind eye.

        What’s more, once you hire an illegal, just try to fire them. You’ll have la raza, and every other alien support group threatening, suing, or picketing your business. Yeah, that’d be great for the bottom line, huh?

        Oh, and as for the notion of an employer calling ICE to deport an illegal that an employer becomes aware of — good luck with that. Thanks to ‘Big Sis’ Holder, and Obama, ICE no longer makes any effort to deport any illegal without a criminal conviction.

        Of course, all employers should be using the e-verify system at this point. Though, E-verify isn’t really worth a hoot. Just ask the U.S. Citizen who entered Barack Obama’s name and social security number, and got a red flag indicating that Obama was not legally employable. Ooops, another scandal to sweep under the rug.

      • john

        Not the employer’s problem since he was not employed legally and the workers comp insurance co isn’t going to cover somone who wasn’t supposed to b there in the first place!

        A US citizen in Mexico whould have to pay cash up front or they’d be thrown out.

      • pbj

        I love it. nam_vet6869 thinks his employer is responsible for his injury and all medical bills and for paying a set number of weeks. Does he/she think this happened in Europe or somewhere other than the US where employers and the government does take care of these things? This is the US. You’re on your own unless you’re a CEO who has sucked enough out of a company or a Congressman who gets these things for doing nothing..

      • Bluffrat

        The employer may even be uninsured . . .judgment proof . . .and/or bankrupt. This is why I trim my own trees, repair my own home and live in a house built in the pre-invasion 1970’s

      • jt

        Dear Ms.Christina Alcazar you have no idea how much physicians make in this country , and it appears your attitude is part of the problem of high health costs in the USA. As a private practicing physician of more than 30 years, I can safely say that you were not very sick if you were not admitted (hospitalized)from the ER and then got a ride home in an ambulance. Ambulance care is very expensive- but maybe you have that best of all insurances- you know, the one WITHOUT premiums.

      • Sheri

        I agree. This is either Mexico’s problem or the employer’s problem. It should not be the taxpayers’ problem. I feel sorry for him but maybe some church or charities can work out some way to help him for a little while to see if he will get any better. I don’t think it should be the hospital’s problem either.

      • nam_vet6869

        If he was hurt on the job then his employer is responsible for his injury and all medical bills, as well as paying him for a set number of weeks. File a Law Suit against the person and take everything he has for the rest of his life. They hired this man knowing he is illegal and that lets him save money.

      • Jonathan

        More like Americans that can’t afford insurance. Remember just because you can live a certain lifestyle and afford certain things does not mean others can. Are people supposed to put health insurance over feeding their kids or keeping a roof over their head?

      • mtobryan

        In Texas, Workers Comp is not required by law. Employers do not have to take care of their employees medicl expenses.

      • Mac

        Christina Alcazar obviously hasn’t traveled in Mexico very much. They make you pay cash for all services (oftentimes more than once) ! Doesn’t any one remember the US citizen who died in Mexico while raising the cash for a helicopter to get him to the hospital?

        Yes, the UK was very generous to my daughter when she got sick over there. They are a first world country, not a corrupt third world country!

      • BD

        If he doesn’t want a plane ticket, put him on a bus. BTW, law statesw that the hospital has to provide EMERGENCY services regardless of ability to pay. He has been stabilized. This is lnog term care, NOT emergency care. Send his a$$ back and use the savings for the next AMERICAN that comes through the door.
        As for nma-6869, you need a little less free bleeding and some education in business and logic. While you’re at it, take some courses in economics and then come back with your answers.

    • Mstr Rick

      I agree, this is not complicated. The man is stable, the hospital has done it’s duty. If the guy is Mexican maybe he should consider going back to Mexico. I mean isn’t that why it’s called Mexico, because Mexicans live there? What?

      I think they have 5-6 buses daily to Laredo and I suspect ICE would even provide a ticket gratis, no sin pregunta’s?


    • dude

      If it was illegal we wouldn’t be using billions of US tax dollars to rebuild Afganistan, Iraq and now Libya.

      • Brian Burchfield

        please…really ? I thought it was all about the oil, what happened with that arguement ?

  • heebie

    Now the taxpayer will be obligated to pay for this unfortunate man and his family forever. I am sure he will get a huge settlement. This is why companies should be heavily fined and sanctioned when they hire illegals.

    • Jason

      Nobody should be forced to verify the identify of an individual they employ. Government should stay the hell out. Verifying the identity of someone you employ makes as much sense as verifying the identity of someone you sell a product or service to.

      • Brian Astby

        Same for voting, right?

      • Jim

        Here is food for thought… if the federal government actually enforced immigration laws, there wouldn’t be an issue of holding employers responsible for hiring illegal aliens because they wouldn’t be here long enough to get a paycheck.

      • Scott Woods


      • RonnieReagan

        Bravo Sierra. They absolutely should be verifying the identity. What kind of fool hires a person to do work without making sure they are who they say they are, much less checking references. Go sell your form of crazy elsewhere.

      • stanleycustom

        As a business owner I verify a hire is who they say he is since as the employer I am responsible for his actions while on the job.

      • RepublicanCapitalist

        You are such a moron!

      • Voyager

        I take it you do not use checks or credit cards? What do you think the tellers are doing when they ask you to “sign here please”?

      • phil

        Go ahead and hire that Mexican Crew for your roofing job at your house. If one guy falls off the roof, and ends up like this worker…YOU ARE LIABLE! Most Homeowner Insurance policies DO NOT PAY claims for contract labor. Now…do you think that I would not only verify citizen status, but also workers comp coverage? Wise up America.

      • Jack America

        Jason you are a damned IDIOT

      • Leeroytull

        That is patently absurd! You don’t think if you are paying an individual to do something you shouldn’t know who they are or have a basic understanding of who is representing your company? I guess they shouldn’t submit background checks at all for teachers or daycare workers right? That Jason is lunacy. I feel bad for this illegal immigrant. He does indeed need to go back to mexico

      • Feynman

        I agree: employers should not be required to verify the identity. The government has no proper role adding overhead to businesses. However, employers should be HeavilY penalized if caught employing illegal aliens. Perhaps then they’ll CHOOSE to do their due diligence, rather than claim ignorance while breaking he law.

      • pk

        So if you hire someone to work on your home, you wouldn’t verify who he was? You realize that by hiring that person, you are taking responsibility for their actions while employed by you and if they get hurt on the job, the responsibility for their medical care…but you wouldn’t verify who they are. Think about it.


        This is why we have an ILLEGAL ALIEN as POTUS. Nobody checked him out beforehand and his fraudulent CONNECTICUT SSN just Failed E-VERIFY.

        Google “OBAMA FAILED E-VERIFY” and see the official ‘Notice of Mismatch’ letter from the SSA, for yourself.

      • Bryan Cook

        Jason – I assume you’re in support of a “One-world”, where there are no individual countries…

  • Sau Sage Fingerz

    I’m OK with this. Alternately, they could have wheeled him into the parking lot and sent an email to the Mexican embassy letting them know where they can pick up their citizen.

    • Richard Henkle

      I’m fine with the alternative. Better yet, put him on a pool raft and push back across the river.

      • TEC

        Or a shallow grave, he is paralyzed…. he won’t be able to run away.




      • EnolaGay

        You’re cracking me up!!

  • jeff

    just throw him out the window and the seagulls have a nice lunch

  • CC

    Of course he doesn’t want to go back! Hmmm..I wonder how I can get a free plane ticket to Cabo.. would love a vacation!

  • usa

    this is stupid, the writer of this article should have their citizenship status revoked. the title alone shows the cards they have in their hand. Pathetic and worthless. it is sad that this man is in the shape he is in. But that is not the problem of the USA tax payers. it is MExico;s problem.

    • Scott

      I know. The dim wit writer should check out the comments to see how the average real American feels about the ILLEGAL immigration problem.

  • sendhimback

    Send him back.

  • Greg

    Don’t let the door hit your wheelchair on the way out.

    • Scott the CITIZEN

      Hey. if all the illegals leave.. who is going to vote for the next globalist in 2012?? I LOVE paying for illegal immigrants medical bills! ;-)

  • mikey

    Mexico has hospitals. Mexico has a government. Mexico has tax revenue. Why should we be responsible for this man. My great uncle, a WWII vet has a tough time getting and paying for healthcare. Explain to me why we should pay for this POS illegal when our own veterans cannot even get adequate care. This is complete Bull%#@t!

    • CKCM

      That’s the point! The uber-rich in Mexico are among the wealthiest in North America. because they have no intention of spending their money on the poor, the sick and the frail.They rigorously protect their southern border while sending their poor and frail to enter the US illegally.

    • jj


  • Scott

    Get out, freeloader!

    • And your little dog too!


      • Scott

        I’m sure pedro realizes that America was a country before mexico was. Also, I think we can take on such a tiny people with little effort. Step one would be withholding the HPV medication the mexican population so desperately needs.

      • PEDRO

        We are taking back OUR LAND – http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

        You Get Out…Stinkin’ Gringos! WE ARE THE FUTURE!

  • Adios Amigo

    Pay a coyote to return him back to Mexico it would probably a little cheaper than an airline ticket.

    • dntninja

      the policies and politicians are so stupid ! send his ass back. or trade a barrel of their oil a day for every illegals that are here to offset the welfare,schooling, and healthcare. Then prices would come down for the citizens of this country

  • jgalt11

    take him to the border and drop him off on the other side of the river, problem solved. trespassing foreign nationals have no rights and no say in this matter.

  • Mexicosuks

    Send this puto back. I am a Mexican. Born in the US and will die here. My 5 year old son was refused treatment for a deviated septum so severe that he whistles from his nose when he is asleep or just running outside. This puto madre and his wife and kid are treated for free. Let me go to Mexico and see if they will fix my daughters breathing problem for free. This is BS

    • Bobby

      A perfect example of what happens, when American citizens allow their social systems, THAT THEY PAID INTO, be bankrupted by polticians that are more interested in foreign nationals here illegally, than in their own citizens. Will the U.S. public ever WAKE THE F, UP? Thanks for this great example, Sir.

    • Bobby

      By the way, I hope your son gets help, somehow.

    • mimi

      You’re a Mexican but born here…let me guess, your madre is illegal.

    • Avid Reader

      If you are a Mexican than you were not born here in the US. If you were born here in the US, you are an American. Get your head straight.

      • Scott

        Agreed. Multiculturalism fails every time. This is America, not Africa-America or Mexico-America. If they can’t be proud of it they should be escorted out.

      • JGS

        If you were born to illegal parents you should not be entitled to US citizenship period. The child should be seized upon birth and the parents arrested and sent back to Mexico.

    • SGB

      Is it your son or your daughter or both that have the problem?

  • Crosscut

    Truck him to the border and Adiós amigo. What’s the deal.

    • newsreader

      The deal is THE LAW. THE LAW states he cannot be discharged without his consent, whether he is legal or illegal. That’s THE LAW. Don’t like it? Then change the law.

      • horseshrink

        Quote me the statute.
        People cannot prolong their hospital stays simply by refusing to be discharged.
        The attending physician writes the order. Patient is discharged.
        Patient can continue to hang out at the hospital as a visitor, I suppose, but he’s going to be moved out of his room so it can be cleaned for the next patient.

      • juliana

        Every time we do make or change a law to stop this sort of thing, it gets overturned by a court ruling.
        Like prop. 187 in California.

  • Hal McCombs

    Funny – if he’d stayed home in Mexico, he wouldn’t be in this situation, now, would he?

    Ship him back in a crate. It’s better than how he sneaked in the first time. And believe it or not, they have hospitals in Mexico (if you didn’t know that, you’re probably a racist).

    • Bobby

      Hal, right on!!!!! OF course they have hospitals in Mexico, yet I’ll bet this story dupes tons of clueless Americans. Of course, Demc-RATS don’t care if Mexico has hospitals or not. They would still argue racsim, if American citizens object– they always do.

  • CC

    The headline implies the hospital did something wrong by offering the ILLEGAL alien a FREE plane trip home. Why shouldn’t he go home? He’s in stable condition and he is again, illegal! Whats the problem here? And honestly, it shouldn’t really be an offer so much as a demand!

  • sharon

    He came here illegally. Why are the taxpayers on the hook? Send him back and collect money spent on his care from Mexico.

  • Hank Warren

    Endless benefits for illegals, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • Joe

    And where is the problem here? He was treated and stabilized and he needs to be released. Whether that is to the curb in front of the hospital or back to Mexico is his choice. Is it any different for American citizens that are hospitalized without health insurance? Can’t you folks see that the medical costs and the costs of imprisoning illegals is falling on the backs of middle class Americans and destroying state budgets while the corporations use these people as slave labor?

    • Scott

      How is it his choice? He is ILLEGAL. That’s like saying that after being caught bank robbers have a choice of continuing to rob the bank or going to jail.

      You D.A.

      Also, they shouldn’t be imprisoned, they should be immediately deported.

  • 31337

    so what do we do when the people we trust with making sure the rule of law is enforced stop enforcing it?

    • Feynman

      Stop paying taxes – though that will land us in jail. Perhaps the Atlas Shrugged method is the way.

      • David Ball

        Not if 100 million americans claim ten dependents. We would get all our money back,and there would be to many of us to be sent to prison. The IRS would be overwhelmed and would fail in their methods of intimidation.

    • sgb

      We vote. We get active. We contact the politicians. http://www.numbersusa.com will help you with that.

      • Feynman

        I’m not even convinced they count votes any more.

  • Speedy Gonzalez

    Meanwhile American citizens who can’t afford health insurance or medical care get ill and die daily. But these illegals are coddled and cuddled and placated and I for one am damnnn sick of it

    I’m a left side paralyzed American from MS as ME, My Family and working help pay my bills not the government. I’m sick of these people to no end and they’re dang lucky I can’t walk anymore, I’ll tell you that much.

  • snapperboy

    Time to say “adios, amigo.” People who are here illegally should be treated with respect – and sent home. No way should the US taxpayer have to pay for this man’s needs for the rest of his life. If an American were similarly injured in Mexico would that country take on the care and feeding for the injured person?

    BTW is the wife here legally? If not, have her pack her bags too.

    • David Ball

      Don’t forget their six kids.

  • alan

    The hospital should send the damn bill to the democrats and demand they pay.

    • Winn1301

      Great idea…but if they don’t pay the hospital should send the bill to the reporter who wrote this story. Obviously, he thinks you and I should pay, so I’m sure he won’t have a problem paying for this man and his family.

  • malcoms

    Stupid Americans, If you don’t feel sorry for them then you are accused of being a racist and having no heart. And many of you fall for it. Especially White lberals. They would rather spend millions trying to give the illegal free healthcrare and risk shutting down the hospital for others that it serves in the community. Wake up Americans, YOU ARE NOT RACIST IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY AND WANT TO PROTECT IT!!! No matter what Democrats or homeland security says.

  • Craig Eliot

    Well he SHOULD be sent back to Mexico. It’s HIS government who should be paying for his medical bills, not ours. We are BROKE! Get it? Now, stop your nonsense!

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