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Obamacare and Immigration
East Bay Express

When Victoria Perez wanted health insurance for her son, she went to a local community health clinic to sign him up for Obamacare. Perez and her husband are undocumented residents, but their son is a US citizen, and thus is eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Jane Garcia, CEO of La Clínica de la Raza, a federally qualified health center whose organization includes health clinics in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties, the next day, “her husband came to the health center and said, ‘What have you done? If something happens to us as a result of this, I’m going to hold you guys responsible,’” said. (The Express agreed to not use a pseudonym for Perez because she fears deportation.)