Previous studies have found that aggressive immigration enforcement can instill fear that causes some people to forgo health care and other important services that they need.
In reports published November 8 by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 70% of Latino and Asian immigrants said they perceived that immigrants in California experienced discrimination at work due to their skin color or accent.
The survey of 2,000 immigrants living in California also found that 65% felt — incorrectly in some cases — that immigrants would be prevented from gaining legal U.S. immigration status if they used government benefits such as income assistance, health care, food programs and housing aid.
The findings are laid out in two fact sheets: one focusing on immigrants’ negative perceptions of the immigrant experience overall in California and another that focuses on experiences with law and immigration enforcement. The reports are the first of a series to emerge from the Center for Health Policy Research’s Research on Immigrant Health and State Policy Study, or RIGHTS.
Authors on this research include Dr. Nadereh Pourat, a CTSI TL1 mentor, and the late Dr. Steven Wallace, who served on the CTSI Internal Advisory Board.