Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"...limiting undocumented immigrants’ access to health services weakens efforts to fight the spread of communicable diseases among the general population... conditions such as tuberculosis are not always easily detected as communicable diseases. In addition, many cases of infectious disease are identified not when symptoms manifest themselves but when patients seek medical care for other unrelated conditions. Consequently, identifying and treating communicable diseases in their earliest stages requires that undocumented immigrants be able to access services for all health conditions —- not just those that have progressed to an emergency level or include symptoms of infectious disease —- before others in the community are exposed... Given the significant threats posed by limits on undocumented immigrants’ access to health services, the public health community should pursue a range of strategies to circumvent the barriers erected by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996."
"Restrictions on Undocumented Immigrants’ Access to Health Services: The Public Health Implications of Welfare Reform," American Journal of Public Health, Oct. 2003