Immigrant advocates and health care providers on Monday urged America’s undocumented immigrants to seek medical attention if they suspect they have contracted the coronavirus, despite recent moves by the Trump administration to curb immigrant consumption of public resources.

By Aline Barros

A coalition of immigrant rights and health care advocates, led by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), said immigration status should not be a barrier to medical care and preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

“Even if (a restrictive immigration policy) impacts you, it should not be a reason to avoid care,” said Louise McCarthy, president and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, which represents nonprofit community clinics and health centers operating in the area. “We can find ways to get you service without jeopardizing your status and your ability to become a citizen.”

Limiting the spread of the coronavirus requires prompt diagnoses. For many immigrants, being diagnosed means coming out of the shadows.

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