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Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, John Hopkins University Press
November 4, 2022

Clinicians' Perspectives on the Impacts of Post-2016 Immigration Enforcement on Immigrant Health and Health Care Use
By Altaf Saadi, Sophia Taleghani, Kathryn Hampton, and Michele Heisler


The 2016 U.S. presidential election and its aftermath were marked by an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric, policies, and discrimination. These include then candidate Trump referring to immigrants as "drug dealers, criminals and rapists" and, later President Trump referring to immigrants as "animals" and to their immigration as an "invasion," language associated with a subsequent rise in hate crimes against immigrants. A June 2020 Migration Policy Institute report catalogued more than 400 new executive orders pertaining to immigration during the Trump administration. Just a few examples of these include family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border; the travel ban (colloquially known as the Muslim Ban); broadening of the public charge rule to determine immigrant ineligibility for admission or adjustment of immigration status (being a "public charge" is a ground for inadmissibility to the United States and ineligibility for permanent status); and changes in priorities in internal immigration enforcement leading to increased detention of people with no criminal record......[Citing TRAC data and research].


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