BY: NANCY BERLINGER, PhD, LAURA GUIDRY-GRIMES, PhD, and ADIRA HULKOWER, JD
Immigration policy and health care — what's the connection? Safety-net hospitals, community health centers and health programs serving low-income populations almost inevitably will encounter undocumented immigrants:
- As patients or prospective patients
- As community members for whom health care access is an important avenue for integration into American society
- As persons whose health-related legal rights may be overlooked, imperiled or difficult to use
BY: RABBI Dr. NADIA SIRITSKY, MSSW, BCC and MARISSA CASTELLANOS, MSW
"My father was a wandering Aramean" (Deuteronomy 26:5). Year after year, Jews around the world repeat these words as part of their Passover observance to commemorate the exodus from ancient Egyptian slavery. The words reflect the stories of generations of Jews who have been chased out of their homes, again and again, from Crusade to pogrom to Holocaust. The Bible's clear command — love the stranger, for you yourselves were strangers — forms the basis of the Jewish people's advocacy for refugees and immigrants of all kinds.
BY: KRISTIN E. HEYER, PhD
After decades of congressional inaction on the nation's outdated immigration legislation, and amid polarizing political rhetoric, recent changes to federal admission and deportation policies have unleashed fear in immigrant communities. These moves threaten to harm already vulnerable asylum seekers and divide families of mixed immigration status. They also endanger the nation's deepest values and its standing in the world.
BY: PETER PEDEMONTI
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia is an interfaith, immigrant justice group that organizes with 24 area congregations to work toward ending injustices against immigrants and to build a more welcoming city and country.
BY: CLAY O'DELL, PhD
Questions about interactions between health providers and the federal agents whose task is enforcement of current immigration laws continue to arise for Catholic health providers, particularly as some of the enforcement actions have become more aggressive and have garnered publicity.