Rep. Curry Todd remarked during a Fiscal Review Committee presentation this week at Legislative Plaza that the idea of government-funded care for pregnant women who cannot prove they have United States government permission to be in this country struck him as not unlike inviting a rat infestation.
The Collierville Republican made the comments after asking CoverKids program managers whether the state checks the citizenship status of care recipients.
Todd specifically wanted to know if program administrators demanded “proof that you are here legally before you can get assistance.”
Asked if he meant children, Todd replied, “not the children, I am talking about the adults.”
A CoverKids program administrator responded that CoverKids doesn’t provide medical coverage to pregnant women, but it does offer “unborn coverage.”
“According to the federal government, we cannot ask for immigration documents, or verify that information, because we are providing coverage to the unborn — the unborn child will be classified as a U.S. citizen,” she said.
Todd was also told, “Under the guidance that was provided to states, under the previous administration, there is a technical guidance letter that states that for covering the unborn child, we are not permitted to determine citizenship, because the child, once born, is a U.S. citizen.”
Rep. Todd responded: “Well, they can go out there like rats and multiply, then, I guess.”
The meeting in its entirety can be viewed here.