Immigrants with COVID-19 May Seek Medical Assistance
The United States government reports that the new provision that denies permanent legal residence to foreigners. Additionally, this happens when foreigners are without it who use social assistance, will not apply to immigrants seeking medical attention for COVID-19.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clarifies that the immigration status of anyone will not affect the granting of treatment or preventive services, despite the provisions of the new regulations on public charge, which it went into effect last month and punishes immigrants who need public assistance.
In addition, the agency acknowledges that some immigrants may be hesitant to seek medical care, and said they will “not consider testing, treatment or preventive care” related to coronavirus when determining a person’s eligibility for the “green card.” He added that those who cannot work or attend school and must support themselves with public assistance for the duration of the epidemic and recovery, can then present an explanation and documents, and that will be taken into consideration.
The USCIS made the announcement after lawmakers and activist groups petition the government to suspend the provision during the coronavirus outbreak. Activists say they have received calls from immigrants who are concerned about the consequences of seeking medical attention for their immigration status.
“People have doubts about their vulnerability to the disease,
but also on their migratory vulnerability,
in terms of being discovered “
Activists have criticized the public policy, which penalizes immigrants who are in the country legally, and who have been allowed access to certain public assistance benefits, such as food stamps, for their children born in the United States.
As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, activists and lawmakers warn that some immigrants’ excessive fear of seeking medical care could be counterproductive to public health.
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