Lawyers are reporting that their immigrant clients are afraid to go to the doctor if they have COVID-19 symptoms out of fear that it may impact their immigration status. Advocates point to the Trump administration’s policies, such as the public charge rule, as having contributed to this climate of ear, even during the coronavirus crisis.
Women who have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have spoken out about their fears in detention as the coronavirus crisis continues to escalate.
A lawsuit has been filed alleging that ICE has failed to follow guidelines from the CDC on how to best mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The most egregious allegation is that ICE has been grouping detainees together who have allegedly been exposed to COVID-19. This practice, advocates claim, will allow the virus to spread “like wildfire” throughout ICE’s facilities.
Read an account of what it’s like to be applying for a green card during the COVID-19 crisis.