Immigration Policy

All individuals should have the right to move towards better opportunities for well-being, away from conditions that endangered or deprived their health. This includes protecting families from being torn apart and reducing fear in the community, and protecting their livelihoods with access to high quality health supporting services. Regional sources of unauthorized immigrants include Mexico (59%), Asia (11%), Central America (11%), South America (7%), the Caribbean (4%) and the Middle East (less than 2%).(1)

There are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States that do not have access to quality healthcare due to high costs and policies that restrict them from obtaining federally funded insurances (Medicare and Medicaid). Undocumented immigrants face numerous and wide-ranging barriers to quality and affordable healthcare, such as policies preventing them from obtaining insurance, a lack of transportation and healthcare capacity including translation services and cultural competency, and a fear of deportation.(2)

  1. Passel J, Cohn. A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States. Accessed June 21, 2017.
  2. Hacker K, Anies M, Folb BL, Zallman L. Barriers to health care for undocumented immigrants: a literature review.
    Risk Manag Health Policy. 2015;8:175-183. doi:10.2147/RMHP.S70173.