Immigration Crackdown Discourages Immigrants From Seeking Health Care

Immigration Crackdown Discourages Immigrants From Seeking Health Care

Over the past year, many undocumented immigrants have refrained from enrolling themselves or their children in government-funded health care programs or even seeking basic medical care, all due to the federal government’s crackdown on immigration. These individuals fear that divulging information to healthcare providers and the federal government will result in their deportation, or that visiting a new doctor or healthcare provider will result in their arrest. They also worry that even driving to a healthcare provider is a risk, since there is an increased likelihood that they will be stopped by police, which also could result in deportation. This is the case even for immigrants and their children who have chronic health conditions, such as asthma and allergies, that require regular medical treatment. According to immigration advocates, the number of patients failing to keep appointments at healthcare facilities and clinics has skyrocketed. When undocumented immigrants fail to get routine health care, including vaccinations of children, and regular treatment for medical conditions, the risk of more expensive and invasive medical treatment or procedures is higher. Failure to vaccinate children can lead to widespread disease that can reach the level of an epidemic. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, which is substantially more expensive to treat than high blood pressure, and more likely to cause permanent damage to a person’s health; in some cases, a severe stroke can result in permanent disability. Additionally, failing to call for medical help in emergency situations out of fear of deportation often can cause the outcome of the medical problem to become markedly worse. Whether you or a loved one has no legal immigration status or otherwise is at risk of deportation, there is a distinct possibility that one or both of you will end up in ICE detention. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential to securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.
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