Senate Democrats on Thursday sought assurances from Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, that his division wouldn’t intervene with undocumented immigrants searching for medical consideration.
“This is a public health and safety issue that, if anything else, puts all of our communities at risk,” Senator Jacky Rosen, Democrat of Nevada, stated. “Will the department refrain from apprehending individuals based solely on their immigration status while they’re seeking care?”
Mr. Cuccinelli stated ICE doesn’t conduct enforcement at well being care services “absent single case exigent circumstances.”
But immigrant advocates say that stepped-up enforcement might deter individuals from searching for medical care.
On Wednesday, 9 Democratic senators wrote a letter to President Trump and members of his coronavirus activity drive urging the company to halt civil immigration enforcement in or round well being care services.
The senators additionally requested that Homeland Security publicly state that the administration’s new wealth check, often called the general public cost rule, wouldn’t penalize immigrants who obtain therapy for coronavirus signs by labeling them “public charges,” thus barring their paths to inexperienced playing cards.
“We cannot allow the fear this ill-considered rule creates to scare families away from getting the help that they may need if they come into contact with people,” with the coronavirus, the Democrats stated in the letter.
Reporting was contributed by Mike Baker, Rick Gladstone, Katie Robertson, Vindu Goel, Melissa Eddy, Michael Wolgelenter, Marc Santora, Niki Kitsantonis, Mitch Smith, Sarah Mervosh, Davey Alba, Tiffany May, Claire Fu, Elaine Yu, Farah Stockman, Ed Shanahan, Neil Vigdor, Lauretta Charlton, James Gorman, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Matt Richtel, Mitch Smith, Amy Harmon, Michael Gold, Ben Dooley, Richard Pérez-Peña, Azi Paybarah, Joseph Goldstein and Kirk Johnson.