NYLPI Calls on City Council to Stand up for Immigrant New Yorkers’ Health

November 21, 2018

Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Legislative

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Immigrant Health Advocate Karina Albistegui Adler submitted written testimony before the City Council Committees on Immigration, General Welfare, and Health regarding the impact of Trump’s proposed public charge rule on New York City.  Karina testified that as a result of these proposed changes, “many of our clients have made the difficult decision of not taking steps to become eligible to enroll in Medicaid, because of the fear that doing so will impact their hope of someday having the opportunity to regularize their immigration status …To be clear, our clients are choosing to delay or forgo medical care for life-threatening health conditions for the opportunity to be integrated into the fabric of our society. If this trend continues, the long-term effects on public health, health disparities, and the economy, could be devastating to our city.”

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