The Immigration Of The Latino Population Essay

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History According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 11.1 million undocumented immigrants were living in the U.S. and the majority of the population is Hispanic, living in California, Texas, and Florida. Cancer is currently known as the leading cause of death in Latinos with 33,200 deaths in the Latino population per year. Including in the uninsured population, 14.6 percent of undocumented immigrants is the only population excluded from Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. (Jaramillo and Hui, 2016). This small percentage population with cancer is facing a high risk for having inadequate care. Dealing with trajectory illness, the undocumented immigrants are tackled with language and cultural barriers, limited social support, and lack of access to care, underinsurance, and discrimination. They also live in fear of deportation, which leads to a delay in cancer diagnosis. Documentation status can affect almost every aspect of care. An undocumented patient has the fear of deportation and this ongoing threat leads to less participation in health care safety nets. They are often exploited in their workplace, compensated poorly and may stress out a lot in searching for work on a daily basis. Facing the distressing separation from family and the fear of being deported can lead to severe mood disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder. Most foreign-born Latinos speak Spanish and less than one-fourth is fluent in English. The language barrier affects the
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