Arizona Proposal Would Require Hospitals To Check Patients’ Immigration Status
A bill proposed in Arizona’s legislature would require hospitals to check the immigration status of patients.
The legislation would require medical centers to check to make sure that non-emergency patients have US citizenship or are in the country legally and if they are not, then the hospital is required to contact federal immigration agents, according to Fox News. In emergency cases, authorities would have to be contacted after treatment was given if the patient is in the country illegally.
A woman in her 20s who came to America as a child and is still undocumented said that such a law would discourage people from seeking medical care.
“I would be scared, I would be scared to be separated from loved ones that we have here so it’s not fair that they’re trying to pass that,” she told KPHO, a CBS affiliate.
Undocumented individuals aren’t the only ones who say the proposed bill would pose a serious risk to public health.
“This is making us into a police state that will try to catch people when they are sick,” retired doctor George Pauk told Fox. “Do we want to stop sick people from coming in for healthcare?”