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Deportation fears leading immigrants to avoid critical services

As an immigrant living in Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the United States, you may have noticed some widespread changes that have permeated many immigrant communities in the months since the most recent presidential election. If you are like many residents, you may be fearful of going about your day-to-day life as you once did or relying on health and wellness-related services you need due to fears relating to deportation. At Francis Law Center, we understand these common fears, and we have helped many clients navigate through complex immigration issues and concerns.

Per ThinkProgress.com, many immigrants nationwide are now fearful of receiving assistance in the form of Medicaid, food stamps and other health-related services, with many organizations offering these programs reporting sharp drops in enrollment in recent months. Statistics show that you may also be less likely to report on-the-job injuries as an immigrant in modern-day America, with some workers’ compensation attorneys also reporting a drop in the number of clients they are seeing.

Law enforcement officials in several cities are also reporting that, as an immigrant, you may be less likely to contact authorities after a rape or other incidence of domestic violence because of deportation-related fears. A police department in a major southern city noted a nearly 43 percent drop in the number of rape reports filed by Latinos this year, when compared with the same period last year.

Avoiding programs that are critical for your health and wellness because of deportation concerns can have serious consequences. More information about navigating immigration issues is available on our website. 

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