Arizona Immigrants Avoid Doctors for Fear of “Public Charge” Rule

In Arizona, undocumented Latino families and those with mixed immigration status are avoiding clinics and hospitals for fear of being considered a “public charge” and facing retaliation from federal authorities. As a consequence, many families end up turning to emergency rooms, where care is more expensive and the public health risks greater. Valeria Fernández spoke with several mothers of families who went through that bitter experience. She reports from Phoenix. This report was supported by the Center for Health Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

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