In September 2017, Oscar and Irma Sanchez were taken into custody by the Border Patrol at a children’s hospital in Texas while they awaited a serious surgery for their two-month-old baby.Katherine Krueger, “Undocumented Parents Arrested at Children’s Hospital While Awaiting Their Infant Son’s Surgery,” Splinter, September 21, 2017. That, and similar immigration enforcement actions, have hospitals reacting.
In March, hospital workers at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in Los Angeles, which treats more immigrants who lack legal status than any other clinic in California, began training to block immigration raids and protect their patients.Jorge Rivas, “Hospitals Now Have to Train to Keep ICE Agents Out of Their Buildings,” Splinter, April 6, 2018. Staff have been participating in monthly trainings, including how to read warrants and block entrances.Jorge Rivas, “Hospitals Now Have to Train to Keep ICE Agents Out of Their Buildings,” Splinter, April 6, 2018. And doctors and hospital administrators at the University of California, San Francicso Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco have also formulated plans to respond to immigration enforcement activities in the facility, including informing staff of their right to ask agents to leave the facility.April Dembosky, “Doctors Prepare for Possible Immigration Enforcement Visits at Hospitals,” KQED, February 7, 2018.