Medical Students- Migrants Should Have a Right To Medical Care

As medical college students who will all take an oath to uphold the highest standard of patient care, we’re profoundly disturbed by the detrimental treatment of detained migrants.

As future public servants, we dedicate our careers to the health of all human beings, regardless of race, sex, gender id, ethnicity, ability, religion, or nation of origin. Current practices by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) blatantly disregard and endanger detainees’ health, and directly oppose our values and beliefs.

Detained migrants are dying, in large part from insufficient care. This neglect begins with the initial detainment, throughout which migrants don’t receive proper health screenings, and continues under the adverse situations of the detention centers. These dire situations, under which the detainees are deprived of enough diet and sanitation, particularly affect children, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions.

As future physicians, we have to speak out against the abuse of migrants and families. As a collective of medical students based nationwide, we wrote a petition outlining the modifications that should take place to make sure the humane treatment of detained migrants. We have since collected more than 1,000 signatures from future physicians.

We call for the good therapy of detained migrants by:

  • Proper health screening of detained migrants.
  • Clear orientation on the method of detainment for migrants.
  • Access to appropriate nutrition and water.
  • Access to acceptable housing and sanitation.
  • Access to proper medical care.
  • Strong precautions to stop sexual assault toward minors.
  • Kids, pregnant ladies, and severely ill migrants shouldn’t be detained.
Emily Rodriguez

Emily Rodriguez

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