Any fair and sensible person can see the nation’s immigration system is flawed. Federal, state, and local governments seek out and arrest US citizens for supplying undocumented immigrants with access to medical services. Migrant worker health clinics are constantly being checked for undocumented immigrants, taking essential services away from them.
Access to health care should be available to all people. No one should be denied access to medical care, regardless of immigrant status. At the state level, health care seems to be patrolled too frequently and aggressively. Immigrants feel as if they are being watched and any move they make toward accessing health care could lead to their deportation. In addition, the authoritarian actions of denying health care essentially put targets on the backs of immigrants. As a result, both legal and undocumented immigrants hesitate whenever they are in need of medical services. Undocumented immigrants are forced to either cope with their medical problems on their own, or risk deportation for medical attention.
A current article by Kaiser Health News and USA Today (Kaiser Health News and USA Today) substantiates the effects federal, local and state governments have on immigrants’ health care. In Slocolmb, Alabama, health care services are brought to scared and needy immigrants. The purpose of these services are to protect the immigrant workers from going to a clinic, risking deportation and receiving no medical attention. These types of health clinics are what keep the nation’s food supply stable. By taking care of the people who harvest it, the food itself will not be effected. Even though services are provided, federal, state and local policies still effect the millions of immigrants who help support the nations economy.
Essentially, no laws should restrict anyone from access to health care. Whether someone is an undocumented immigrant or a legal citizen, health care services should be attainable for all people. Ultimately, no target should be placed on someone’s back based on their ability to show papers.