Immigrants Are Scared Of Getting Coronavirus Treatment Because Of Trump’s Crackdown, Doctors And Lawyers Say
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Physicians hearing from immigrants that they fear seeking medical care for symptoms associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Lawyers fielding questions from clients about whether seeking care for the disease puts their immigration status at risk. Community organizations answering calls from immigrants wondering whether even obtaining COVID-19 testing will impact their ability to stay in the country.
The detailed accounts from doctors, lawyers, and community organizations come from the New York state attorney general’s filing with the Supreme Court on Monday in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s sweeping policy that allows the government to deny permanent residency to immigrants who officials believe are likely to use public benefits, such as food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid.
New York Attorney General Letitia James requested that the court rethink its decision in January allowing the policy to go into effect. James …continued .