ICE, Border Patrol Won't Make Arrests At Vaccination Sites
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection will not conduct immigration arrests at or near COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites.
DHS released a statement this week, saying that the department supports equal access to the vaccines.
"It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine," the statement reads. "DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines."
Cliníca Romero provides health services in Pico Union and Boyle Heights, and more than 40% of the patients they serve don't have legal status.
Stephanie Lemus, who directs community affairs for non-profit, says the DHS statement is important:
"Especially when our communities are afraid, due to their status, that anything that could be tied back to, you know, the government, can potentially have a detrimental consequence for them."
Clinica Romero's first vaccination clinic for seniors is this Saturday. The phone number for appointment is: 213-989-7700.
Clínica Romero ofrece servicios de telesalud para brindar servicios de calidad desde la comodidad de su hogar. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre nuestros servicios o para una cita, llámenos al 213-989-7700.— Clínica Romero (@ClinicaRomero) August 19, 2020
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