Arifeen Rahman says a proposed Trump Administration rule will deny needed care to lawful immigrants who are entitled to it.
“Will it affect my immigration status?” a patient I will call “Li” asked me at our Stanford Student Free Clinic. She was a lawful resident of Santa Clara County and I asked if she was interested in applying for health insurance.
My instinct was to say I don’t think so, but I stopped myself. “I don’t know,” I admitted.
This conversation with Li happened in July 2018. On October 10, the Trump administration released a proposal to change the public charge rule for immigrants, penalizing those who use federal assistance for food and health insurance in the green card approval process. Many have argued that if implemented, this would cause devastating effects.
I believe that the damage is already done and a chilling effect is already in place.