Feds stiff Arizona border town for ambulance costs for immigrants

NOGALES, Ariz. — Many communities across the U.S. have problems getting reimbursed for sending ambulances to pick up patients, but for one community along the U.S.-Mexico border, the delinquent party is the federal government, which the city of Nogales says owes it hundreds of thousands of dollars for picking up immigrants.

The Arizona city billed the federal government for hundreds of ambulance sorties dispatched to calls from federal agents when they find someone injured, but the government has paid less than 20 cents on the dollar — leaving Nogales to bear the burden of more than $250,000 in the past fiscal year alone.

“We would love to be reimbursed 100 percent. If we were to be reimbursed 100 percent, we could provide a higher level of service to our residents in Nogales,” said Aaron White, the city’s acting finance director.

Nogales, with a population of about 20,000 about 60 miles south of Tucson, offers a vibrant shopping district that fans out from the official vehicle and pedestrian border crossings. The stores, with their clothing, home goods and cheap children’s toys, cater to the 200,000 Mexicans who live a few feet away in Nogales, part of the Mexican state of Sonora.

That proximity also makes it a natural point for border-jumpers, which means federal customs, immigration and drug agents have a heavy presence as well. When injuries occur, it’s the city’s rescue service that responds.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • TheRighteousRat says:

    If I were doing the dispatching there, it’d be a longgggg time before the ambulance arrived.

  • modernminuteman says:

    Not surprised considering Obama advertises food stamps in Mexico. What a jerk!

  • Lloydl333 says:

    A pox on both houses. Enough already! I love my country but I hate our government. We have been sold out.

  • elton123 says:

    Illegal aliens are NOT immigrants!!! ILLEGAL ALIENS is what they are!!

  • AmericanIcon says:

    Let’s get one thing straight: These are not ‘immigrants’, they are an invading army, an occupying force sponsored by a foreign government (aided and abetted by a rogue administration here). Their purpose – whether they understand it or not – is to destroy this nation, not by force of arms but by overwhelming our economy.

  • Charles Kimberl says:

    Hey but look at the bright side. After the communist element kicked us out of the Philippines, we are johnny ass back in there bailing them out of their jam.

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