Friday, October 18, 2019

Border Patrol’s growing presence at hospitals creates fear


The presence of armed Border Patrol agents roaming hospital hallways across the country is igniting widespread fear among patients and families, Adriana Gomez Licon reports for the Associated Press. There is currently no universal set of policies for the ways medical staff and physicians interact with immigration authorities: “Some doctors say this increased presence could undermine public health in cities with large immigrant populations, frightening patients who need care and prompting them to avoid hospitals.”

The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics devoted its entire January issue to medical care for immigrants who are in the country illegally, including a discussion of whether medical facilities should declare themselves “sanctuary hospitals,” similar to sanctuary cities.


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