There are victims who are afraid to get some help at hospitals because they're more worried that the ICE is waiting to deport them back to their country of origin than offer them medical help.
It is being feared that some victims of the El Paso mass shooting might be avoiding seeking medical treatment because they are worried about their immigration status, reports Independent.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials carried out mass raids on the homes of migrants three weeks ago, in a crackdown by Donald Trump administration on those in the country without documentation. Juliette Kayyem, formerly of the Homeland Security Department, told CNN: “This is a concern."
El Paso Shooting Victims Might Avoid Hospitals Due to Immigration Status https://t.co/QYYvxyY7gS— Barbara J. Cobuzzi (@CRNHealthcare) August 4, 2019
"It’s clear that there are people not unifying with their family and that there are people who are worried or injured that did not go to hospitals likely because of their immigration status. That’s something El Paso should probably get ahead on.” Among the 20 people that were reported dead, three of them were Mexicans.
Border Patrol has tried to assure people that no enforcement operations will be carried out at hospitals, the family reunification center or shelters.
No human being should be afraid & avoid seeking help because of immigration status.— German Urrego (@GermanUrreg0) August 4, 2019
Especially, families that experienced this tragedy.
No human being is illegal & we all should have access to healthcare regardless of who we are or where we came from.https://t.co/02sNQAaNxu
“El Paso is a home to many DHS law enforcement agents and officers. We join them in support for their families and communities at large," said Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). But, several people were skeptical of Border Patrol's assurances, and accused officials of “inhumanity”.
Well, we can't really blame them for being skeptical of the same because there is now an investigation going on see if this mass shooting was a hate crime specifically targetted at immigrants.
Jordan and Andre Anchondo were at Walmart with their 2-month-old baby when the gunfire began. The baby, Paul, was grazed by a bullet and has 2 broken fingers, most likely from the moment his mother’s body fell on him. Jordan and Andre were both killed. https://t.co/muhBz3flgK— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 5, 2019
Greg Allen, El Paso police chief, said authorities were now looking to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly before the shooting was written by the suspect. The shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, is said to have driven more than 1,000km from his home in Dallas to commit the heinous crime.
CNN reports that the FBI has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the shooting that took 20 innocent lives and wounded several others.
MARCHING FOR #ELPASO: "Let's keep every single one of those families in our prayers," said @BetoORourke. Hundreds of Borderland residents marched in silence for those killed and injured in the #ElPasoShooting #ElPasoTerroristAttack @RepEscobar #ElPasoStrong pic.twitter.com/iNveY9PFy7— Kate Bieri (@KateBieri) August 5, 2019
Local officials have reported that two hospitals have admitted at least 23 people. Two of those victims are in a “life-threatening predicament,” according to Del Sol Medical Center Dr. Stephen Flaherty. Victims who are currently seeking treatment in hospitals are aged between 25-82. It is likely that there are more victims who are too afraid to get some help at hospitals because they're more worried that the ICE is waiting to deport them back to their country of origin than to offer them medical help.
Hope Border Institute, a border refugee assistance fund, is offering to help any El Paso immigrants who may need medical care after the shooting. If you wish to help, you can donate here.
“This was a massacre,” US Representative Veronica Escobar said. “The numbers are shocking.” Each month, tens of thousands of Central American migrant families cross the border, many seeking asylums. Despite Trump's policies, the numbers of immigrants have only increased.