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‘I can’t imagine the fear.’ Threat of deportation is keeping patients away from California medical clinics.
The Desert Sun

The clinic’s lobby is usually packed with waiting patients, but on a recent Monday morning there were plenty of empty chairs. The only people killing time were three generations from the same family: a 9-year-old girl, her 53-year-old father and her 76-year-old grandfather.

Since January, quieter days have been the new normal for this Borrego Health clinic, which stands among farm fields near the community of Oasis west of the Salton Sea. Many patients just don’t show up for appointments or they cancel without rescheduling. Instead of 60 or 70 patients a day, medical assistant Norma Diaz said the clinic is seeing closer to 40.