Coronavirus and deportation: what to do to illegal immigrants if they get sick
In an effort to strengthen the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government passed a bill in early March that allows Americans, among other things, to access free coronavirus tests, unemployment benefits, and take paid sick leave. What does this mean for immigrants without legal status? Found out the publication "Voice of America".
Worrying about losing their daily state or fear of deportation may prevent illegal immigrants from seeking medical help if they become coronavirus. However, in this situation, the consequences can be very serious.
In New York, the city of refuge, after the emergency was declared, the governor and the mayor assured the residents of the city that they should not be afraid of deportation.
“While it may sound daunting, we have the best healthcare system in the country. Our hospitals do not ask about the status of documents, and we never refuse those who cannot afford this treatment, ”- said the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio on Twitter.
This means that the network of medical institutions in New York will not transmit personal information to the National Immigration Service, it will provide medical care regardless of the lack of medical insurance and the ability to pay for treatment.
New York Department of Health even developed a websitewhere people can find out the latest information on coronavirus.
As the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service under the presidency of Donald Trump increased the number of raids in New York and other refuge cities, human rights advocates urge Trump to identify hospitals and other “sensitive areas” that are not subject to immigration procedures.
Deportation raids, as a rule, cease in case of national disasters or crises except for the presence of “exceptional circumstances”. Donald Trump declared a state of emergency throughout the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Immigration officials promise not to carry out “raids” in hospitals during the crisis.
“People seeking treatment for the virus should continue to do so without fear or hesitation,” ICE officials said. "The opposite statements are false and cause unnecessary fear in the communities."
About two dozen hospitals in South Florida told reporters that reporting immigration to illegal immigrants was not their practice.
In accordance with the Law on Emergency Medical Treatment, all hospitals are required to conduct examinations and provide medical assistance to any person who arrives at the emergency department, regardless of immigration status. All patients are also protected by federal and state privacy laws, meaning the hospital is not allowed to report to immigration authorities.
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