Doctors and Nurses
In Immigrant Stories: Doctors and Nurses, we expose how U.S. immigration policies are forcing people to choose between medical care or deportation. Doctors and nurses report on the heightened levels of anxiety and stress their undocumented immigrant patients are experiencing, resulting in health complications, missed appointments at clinics and hospitals, failure to pick up life-saving medications, and even patients yanking out their ventilation tubes and fleeing the ICU out of fear of deportation. The Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have aggressively targeted undocumented immigrants. DHS maintains a policy for “sensitive locations” – hospitals, schools, places of worship, and public gatherings – where no immigration enforcement activity should take place unless there is a threat to national security or public safety. Unfortunately, this policy is just a set of vague discretionary guidelines that agents can ignore as they see fit.
Educators reveal the growing crisis in their classrooms in Immigrant Stories: Teachers. They show us one consequence of current immigration policies: students are afraid and too anxious to learn. They're bearing witness to ICE raids on their morning commutes, in their homes, and educators are being forced to mobilize protection efforts to keep schools safe and their kids secure on campus. Discriminatory and inhumane immigration enforcement is disrupting their students’ lives and affecting not just their education, but their overall wellbeing. Without stability and security, children are unable to thrive and succeed in schools, and teachers are unable to properly do their jobs.