The masses of illegal immigrants crossing the Texas border have apparently received decent health care including vaccinations in Central America and aren’t carrying an influx of disease contrary to public opinion, a treating physician told

“They are a pretty healthy population,” said Dr. Martin Garza, a pediatrician who is part of a volunteer screening program set up by the Texas Medical Association. “I always ask about vaccinations and they count the list of what they’ve had. Pregnant women all state they have had prenatal care.”

And the immigrants aren’t saying they’re coming to America for free health care or to get a great job, but rather to escape the suffocating violence in the Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, Garza said.