Thu. Apr 2nd, 2020

Advocates worry immigrants may avoid care amid outbreak


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TO HELP PROTECT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS FROM THE ILLNESS. MATT: IT IS SAFE TO SEE A DOCTOR IF YOU NEED CARE, THAT’S A POINT AIMED AT FLORIDA’S IMMIGRANT POPULATION FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. CONCERN HAS GROWN FROM SOM ADVOCATE GROUPS THAT SOME PEOPLE NEEDING MEDICAL HELP MAY DECIDE NOT TO SEEK IT. HOPE COMMUNITY CENTER IS A RESOURCE FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. JUST LIKE MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THOUGH, ITS BUILDING IS CLOSED IN AN EFFORT TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD. STILL, PEOPLE HERE WANT TO CALM FEAR, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO DO SO THROUGH ADVICE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THE MESSAGE ADVOCATES WANT TO GET ACROSS: DOCTORS ARE REQUIRED TO HONOR PRIVACY, THAT NO INFORMATION ABOUT IMMIGRATION STATUS HAS TO BE SHARED, AND THAT FEDERAL GUIDELINES PROHIBIT IMMIGRATION AGENTS FROM MAKING ARRESTS AT HEALTHCARE FACILITIES. RECENTLY, THE UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES ANNOUNCED MEDICAL TREATMENT OR TESTING FOR COVID-19 WOULD NOT LEAD TO ANY NEGATIVE AFFECTS FOR NON-CITIZENS. AND CITIZENSHIP OFFICIALS HAVE A MESSAGE OF THEIR OWN, MORE OF A WARNING, TELLING IMMIGRATI APPLICANTS, “BE AWARE THAT SCAMMERS ARE OUT THERE ATTEMPTING TO USE COVID-19 TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. KNOW THAT WE WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO SUBMIT IMMEDIATE PAYMENT FOR IMMIGRATION FEES BY PHONE. EARLIER TH WEEK DURING A BRIEFING, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS CAN RECEIVE TESTING FOR THE VIRUS WITHOUT FEAR OF ENFORCEMENT,

Advocates worry immigrants may avoid care amid outbreak

The HOPE CommUnity Center, a resource for immigrant families in Central Florida, wants people to know it is safe to see a doctor if they need care during the coronavirus outbreak.Concern has grown from some advocate groups that those who need medical help may decide not to seek it. Like many organizations and businesses across the country, the HOPE CommUnity Center is closed in an effort to help stop the spread. Still, people who work there want to calm fear through advice on social media. The message advocates want to get across is that doctors are required to honor privacy and that no information about immigration status has to be shared.They also want people to know federal guidelines prohibit immigration agents from making arrests at healthcare facilities. Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced medical treatment or testing for COVID-19 would not lead to any negative effects for non-citizens. Citizenship officials have a message of their own, telling immigration applicants: “Be aware that scammers are out there attempting to use COVID-19 to take advantage of you. Know that we will never ask you to submit immediate payment for immigration fees by phone.”Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said in one of his briefings undocumented immigrants can receive testing for the virus without fear of enforcement in an effort to help stop the spread.

APOPKA, Fla. —

The HOPE CommUnity Center, a resource for immigrant families in Central Florida, wants people to know it is safe to see a doctor if they need care during the coronavirus outbreak.

Concern has grown from some advocate groups that those who need medical help may decide not to seek it.

Like many organizations and businesses across the country, the HOPE CommUnity Center is closed in an effort to help stop the spread.

Still, people who work there want to calm fear through advice on social media.

The message advocates want to get across is that doctors are required to honor privacy and that no information about immigration status has to be shared.

They also want people to know federal guidelines prohibit immigration agents from making arrests at healthcare facilities.

Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced medical treatment or testing for COVID-19 would not lead to any negative effects for non-citizens.

Citizenship officials have a message of their own, telling immigration applicants:

“Be aware that scammers are out there attempting to use COVID-19 to take advantage of you. Know that we will never ask you to submit immediate payment for immigration fees by phone.”

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said in

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