Trump immigration rules force families to choose between their health and staying together, @umich experts say


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    Paul Fleming, assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

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    William Lopez, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Paul Fleming and William Lopez, both professors at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, have worked with Latino immigrants to examine how policies and discrimination contribute to poor physical and mental health outcomes.

They recently published a piece originally published in The Conversation, they argue the move could negatively affect children of immigrants who are US citizens.

"We found that some immigrant families in Michigan are choosing to miss clinic appointments and opt out of public benefits that would help keep children healthy and prevent disease. They are doing this because they are afraid it will affect their chances of staying in this country together with their families," they said in the article. 

Fleming is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His mixed-methods research focuses on the social determinants of health and health behaviors, with a particular focus on developing and evaluating interventions in poor and marginalized communities in Michigan. Contact: pauljf@umich.edu 

Lopez is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Faculty Director of Public Scholarship at the National Center for Institutional Diversity. He's the author of Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid. Contact: wdlopez@umich.edu

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