Leaving such a large population uninsured has profound implications on safety net hospitals and the local government and private sources that fund these institutions. This plays out in a lack of access to preventative care, mental health services and lifesaving treatments such as transplants or clinical trials. In the case of the latter, a premature death can mean economic instability for a family who relied on the decedent to support them and shifting the burden to the larger community. This testimony will focus on undocumented immigrant access to such lifesaving treatment.
NYLAG’S Immigrant Protection unit’s Director, Jodi Ziesemer, criticizes the fast track deportation of a young undocumented Honduran Mother and her two sick children.