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Local Immigration Raids Affect Community Health

Apr 6, 2016

Credit ICE, WikiMedia

A new study from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health reveals that immigration raids affect community health.  


The fear of deportation jumped from 21% before a raid to 27% after one in 2013 when the study was conducted.  Lead researcher Daniel Kruger says it caused fewer people use health related resources in Washtenaw County.  He added that skipping preventive services could lead to serious health issues in the future.  

The study was done while Washtenaw County conducted its first comprehensive Latino Health survey and when a major raid was reported in Ypsilanti.  The health survey revealed that Latinos in Washtenaw County have a poor overall health status and less access to healthcare than other county residents as a whole.

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