Undocumented Immigrants

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Former president of the United States once said, “we are and always will be a nation of immigrants” (Obama). The United States were founded on immigrants. They are who set the foundations for this country. Why are people so willing to forget what they have done? The United States needs to remember what the country stand for, liberty and equality for all. Restricting health care goes against those values. Undocumented immigrants should be given health care in the United States because they deserve a chance to live a healthy life, and they should not be forced to use improper strategies in order to receive the care they need because they are pushed to the bottom of the waitlist.
Restrictions placed on undocumented immigrants make it difficult for them and their families to be treated, along with maintaining their health. Although acts like The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) help provide discounted immunizations and emergency services for families in need, they do not fully extend to undocumented immigrants. The undocumented parents live their lives in fear of being deported (Kullgren). That means by going to a hospital for assistance, they risk being caught and potentially deported. Also, many undocumented families have children while in the United States, which makes their children legal citizens. Therefore, they are “eligible for publicly funded healthcare programs” (Kullgren). Yet, the parents are so caught up in their fear

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