Health Care Providers: A Guide to Best Practices for Protecting Your Rights and Your Patient's Rights
Everyone should have safe access to medical care when they need it. But the threat and presence of immigration and law enforcement at health care facilities deters many immigrants and communities of color from seeking needed care. Border communities are particularly vulnerable, given the concerning presence of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at hospitals.
Hospitals and medical professionals have an obligation to ensure access to care without fear or discrimination, especially during a public health crisis as monumental as the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why the Border Rights Center of the ACLU of Texas has partnered with the National Immigration Law Center and Physicians for Human Rights to publish “Health Care Providers: Preserve Access to Care and Protect Your Patients from Border Patrol and ICE Interference."
In this guide we provide insight on the key steps health care providers can take to ensure they are protecting the rights of their patients from CBP and ICE intrusions. The full guide is available for download below.