Letter: La Jolla (July 2, 2014)

It’s nice to see in the letters to the editor that a Mission Hills resident is eager to have hundreds of undocumented children camped next to her. Does she have any idea of the dollar cost?

A single case of drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) costs $300,000 to treat and the “undocumented migrants” in places as far away as Wisconsin are bankrupting cities like Sheboygan with their rampant MDR-TB.

Then we have hepatitis C. The current and only effective treatment for that is a combination of interferon and Solvaldi or Olysio. That’s $100,000 to $168,000 per undocumented immigrant.

Lastly, there’s no way any of those countries to the south are going to agree to take these children back until they are no longer contagious or if they even have a cold.

I realize that our southern border is totally secure and that Harry Reid and his ilk are protecting us from any and all border crossers under the age of possibly 18 months who haven’t yet figured out how to walk, and then in a northerly direction.

To think that Mexico wasn’t fully complicit in this is utter fantasy. Unescorted children do not happily wander 2,000 miles without food, water, clothing and shelter.

This is a Fidel Castro style Mariel boat lift on steroids (or on MDR-TB).

Robert Beken, San Diego