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  • From WIN-Bangor and ILAP: ICE has announced…that for the foreseeable future they will not be stopping and detaining people other than in cases involving other more serious crimes as well – such as drug trafficking, child exploitation, human trafficking, etc – and they will not be conducting operations at or near health care facilities. The point of these changes is to make sure that all immigrants feel safe to get the medical attention they may need. Deportation hearings (except for individuals currently incarcerated) have also been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date Here are some links to articles and websites related to these changes. All U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices, including the Portland Field Office and the Boston Asylum Office, will be CLOSED to the public starting March 18 through at least May 3.
  • Growing Calls To Close Immigration Courts And Release Detainees As Virus Spreads

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  • The Families First Act provides additional funding to pay for coronavirus testing for anyone who is uninsured. The funding will pay for testing at community health centers, outpatient clinics, and doctors’ offices.
  • Immigrants can continue to access services at community health centers, regardless of their immigration status, and at a reduced cost or free of charge depending on their income.
  • Eligibility for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces has not changed.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently posted an alert clarifying that it will not consider testing, treatment, or preventive care (including vaccines if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19 in a public charge inadmissibility determination, even if the health care services are covered by Medicaid.

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