Illegal aliens are the only modern phenomenon to have done more damage to emergency rooms than ObamaCare. But it's usually by being a drain on services, leading to Third World scenes in waiting rooms and some hospitals simply shutting down their ERs.
But this is one illegal alien who decided to do his damage in the most direct way possible.
A highly inebriated man set a fire within the Washington Adventist Hospital emergency room, putting dozens of lives at risk, the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office tells ABC7.
It was 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 27. Hospital staff found patient Henry Padilla-Martinez, 20, of an unknown address, wandering the halls of the ER. As an employee attempted to guide Padilla-Martinez back to his room, he noticed the drunken man’s hospital bed was ablaze. Staff ran to grab a fire extinguisher and frantically sprayed down the bed to prevent the fire from spreading further.
Firefighters were called to the hospital. The visible damage included burnt linens, melted plastic framing and discolored flooring. Padilla-Martinez’s room was located directly across from the main nurse’s station.
Authorities note at the time of the fire, there were around 20 staff members and 15 patients in the ER. Fact is, the fire could have killed people – many confined to their hospital beds – had employees not noticed the blaze as quickly as they did.
With the election of President Trump and his recent executive orders to ban Muslims from the country and deport undocumented immigrants, Takoma Park has drawn a firm line in the sand: “People should know that Takoma Park remains a sanctuary city,” said Mayor Kate Stewart.
In the early 1980s, hundreds of thousands of refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador fled to the United States to escape civil war. But President Reagan and the federal government claimed they were “economic refugees,” ineligible for political asylum. As a result, the Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS)—precursor to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement–arrested them and deported them back to their war-torn homelands.
This national sanctuary movement helped lead to a series of resolutions initiated and adopted by Mayor Sam Abbott and the Takoma Park City Council.
And that's why your ER is on fire.