Hospital hosts panel on immigrant health care rights

Kings County Hospital hosted a panel Wednesday night to inform immigrant residents of their health care rights.



Many immigrants on edge about their legal status said that suffering from some sort of health crisis would leave them feeling doomed.



Panelists representing the hospital and Mayor Bill de Blasio's office assured the audience that immigrants have no reason to fear seeking health care in the city.



The discussion was held to combat the pervasive fears in response to rhetoric and actions from the White House targeting immigrants.



There was an unfounded rumor that immigration enforcement officers were rounding up people from Kings County Hospital, the panel said. But it never happened, and panelists said they hope it doesn't deter people from seeking care.


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