On average, Hispanics live two years longer and tend to be healthier in many aspects than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This enigma creates a hole in the argument immigrants are responsible for significant medical costs to the United States. “Anti-immigrant sentiment is so high, in part, because people sense they over-utilize medical care, and that’s why the cost is going up. But that’s just really not the case,” explained UTMB’s Dr. Kyriakos Markides, who has been studying the Hispanic paradox since the 1980s.