Immigrant Child Health

Federal Advocacy

​Immigrant Child Health

The AAP is a leading voice speaking out against policies that are detrimental to immigrant children's health, including family separation, detention and policies that create barriers to accessing health care, nutrition and housing assistance. Pediatricians are on the frontlines providing care to immigrant children and families including children who have been separated or detained.

The Academy continues to urge federal leaders to advance policies to support the health of immigrant children and families.

Public Charge Resources

The public charge rule went into effect on February 24, 2020. The Academy has resources from the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign that can be shared with patients or displayed in pediatric offices (available in English and Spanish):

  • Public Charge: Does This Apply to Me? (English and Spanish)
  • Know Your Rights! Public Charge Messages for Community Members (English and Spanish)
  • Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled in Health & Nutrition Programs? (English and Spanish)

Learn more on immigrant child health:
  • AAP press statement commending rulings to reject public charge rule

  • Testimony from Julie Linton, MD, FAAP before the House Committee on Homeland Security and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • AAP press statement following ruling on Flores Settlement Agreement

  • AAP letter on medical deferred action decision

  • An op-ed from AAP President-Elect Sally Goza, MD, FAAP, and Representative Kim Schrier following their visits to the U.S. southern border

  • AAP policy statement, "Detention of Immigrant Children" 

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