is committed to the full inclusion of immigrants – regardless of their status – people of all races, ethnicities, and religions, in our community. We treasure their diverse perspectives and rich experiences they bring to our communities. Families from all over the world came to our country to start anew and to have the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and future generations. Our nation was built by indigenous peoples and immigrants — involuntary and voluntary.
MayView’s commitment to the health and well-being of our patients includes doing everything possible for them to feel physically and emotionally safe in our clinics and waiting rooms. Our clinics’ safe and inviting environment would be disrupted by law enforcement officers seeking to enforce federal laws or executive orders on MayView property for the purpose of removing patients or their family members, or obtaining information about patients and their families.
By Resolution of the Board of Directors of MayView Community Health Center, MayView declares that every MayView operated clinic site is a Safe Zone for our patients and their families to seek help, assistance, information, and safety if faced with fear and anxiety about immigration-related efforts, or efforts by Federal or other law enforcement agencies that target them based on their race, ethnicity or religion, to the fullest extent provided by the law.
In summary, MayView affirms the following:
- MayView treats all patients equitably in the receipt of all health care services;
- MayView shall not inquire about a patient’s immigration status, or that of family members, including requiring documentations of a patient’s legal status, such as asking for a green card or citizenship papers, at initial registration or at any other time, unless it is for the purpose of providing comprehensive medical and mental health care;
- MayView shall not expose the immigration status, ethnicity or religion of the patient or their family to Federal or local law enforcement agencies;
- If patients have questions about their immigration status, MayView shall not refer them to any office or representative of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office (ICE), but will instead refer to them to community-based organizations as described above;
- If patients have questions about any Federal laws or executive actions that target families based on their immigration status, ethnicity or religion, MayView shall not refer them to any office or representative of any state or local law enforcement agency, but will refer them to trusted community-based resources;
- MayView shall not to allow any individual or organization to enter a clinic site if health care delivery would be disrupted by that visit. MayView believes that the presence of ICE, or state or local law enforcement agencies acting for ICE, is likely to lead to a disruption of the health care provision process;
- If an ICE officer presents himself or herself, staff will contact their site administrator, ask for the officer‘s name and badge, and politely ask him/her to wait (but not allow entry inside patient areas). The senior MayView staff person will then contact the CEO and await further instructions before providing any information;
- MayView reserves the right to deny any individual from remaining in the waiting room or other patient areas if they are not a MayView patient, unless they have a legal warrant specifically allowing them to be in that area;
- For the emotional well-being of children, MayView shall not allow any law enforcement agency to question a minor patient outside of the presence of their parent, guardian, or legal representative.
MayView provides the resources and information below for patients and their families to connect them with community-based organizations and legal services organizations, which provide resources for families being targeted for deportation or registration.
Document from the National Immigration Law Center, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, Is it safe to apply for health insurance or seek health care
Document: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Learn how to protect you and your family during Immigration Raids Know Your Rights – How to protect
Document: The Santa Clara County Office of Immigration Relations prepared this What to Know about Immigration Raids. The office is translating the information on Family Preparedness Planning into 6 languages. What to Know About Immigration Raids SCC. You can also click here for their website: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oir/Documents/What%20to%20Know%20About%20Immigration%20Raids.pdf
Document listing local Santa Clara County organizations who can help immigrants Community Resources for Immigrants 2017.02
Document: What to do if ICE comes to your door: Do not open doors. Remain silent. Do not sign. Report & record. Fight back! What to do if ICE -English
Information in Spanish:
En caso de redadas que puedas hacer? What to do if ICE -Spanish
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