Things to Keep in Mind When Talking with Immigrant Families

Since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, his administration’s actions with respect to immigration have caused tremendous fear in immigrant communities, undermining trust in government programs and chilling access to health care, food, and other critical benefits and services.

Trump’s reign of terror on immigrants and their families already has caused lasting damage to our country. Immigration-related executive orders (including a draft order on immigrants’ access to public benefits that was leaked to the media in January 2017 but that hasn’t actually been issued), aggressive immigration enforcement actions, harmful and derogatory statements about immigrants and refugees, and proposals to restrict family-based immigration have terrified communities across the United States. We have heard numerous reports of immigrant families being afraid to seek services that they or their U.S. citizen children need, disenrolling from critical programs, and being reluctant to continue treatment for serious illnesses.

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