Here’s what GlobeMed at Tufts talked about in our last ghU!
Immigration Policy and Health
In the United States, there are roughly 44 million documented immigrants, which makes up around 13.5% of the total population; however, there are also 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Since Trump’s election in 2016, undocumented immigrants have fears about their future. Before Trump’s presidency, the Temporary Protected Status program granted residency for citizens from seven countries residency status. However, citizens of El Salvador and Haiti are no longer eligible for this program. In addition, the Deferred Action for Childhood Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which passed under the Obama administration, is also under threat. Although Trump promises to pass the Clean Dream Act, which will offer children brought to the United States before the age of 18 a path to citizenship, he asks the wall between the U.S.-Mexico to be built in exchange.
These policy changes affect healthcare, because people are losing employer health insurances after DACA’s failure.
Undocumented immigrant already have a difficult time receiving healthcare in America. For them, there are often language barriers. In addition, the fear of requirement of documentation is always on their minds. Thus, they are limited to emergency care and free clinics when they need to be treated, although states like Massachusetts and California can extend their healthcare system to provide for them.
How do you think undocumented immigrants access and interact with the healthcare system?