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Changes to U.S. immigration law may raise public health concerns

People living in New York without the proper documentation may be struggling to keep up with recent changes in policy. U.S. immigration law is an ever-evolving entity, and some important changes may soon go into effect. Some of the changes make it more difficult for undocumented immigrants and their families to take advantage of public health care options. 

The current president wants to enact new laws that make it more difficult for some immigrants to qualify for most types of public assistance. One of these might include medical care. Now, some experts in the health care field warn that these new rules may lead to a health crisis. 

As flu season begins across the United States, many health care professionals worry that if people are denied access to affordable medical care, illnesses like the flu virus may spread rapidly. When a person becomes ill and cannot afford treatment, sickness and disease have the potential to spread at an epidemic rate. Outbreaks of certain strains of the flu have proved to be fatal for some in years past, and with so many people now unable to seek treatment, experts warn an epidemic could be coming. 

If New York immigrants are concerned that a change in U.S. immigration law may apply to themselves or their families, they may want to see what can be done to try to keep public benefits intact. One way to approach a potential immigration issue is to seek the assistance of someone experienced in this area of law. An attorney may be able to assist immigrants in making sure that their status is not called into question so that they can take advantage of the help and resources that are extended to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. 

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