Border Health Conference asking for federal resources to help undocumented immigrants

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 8:19am

Texas physicians who practice along the border were in Washington D.C.. on Wednesday, talking about the lack of resources to  help the thousands of undocumented immigrants crossing the border.

It's part of the 9th Annual Border Health Conference sponsored by the Texas Medical Association. Border physicians are asking for additional federal money to provide better healthcare for the undocumented immigrants, but doctors also say many cross legally to seek medical care because they can't receive it in their own country.

Steve Levine, VP Communications, Texas Medical Association, "If any one person of example were to bring a case of measles into the country, because we've got a reduced amount of vaccinations here than we used to have, that could expose a lot of people to something. So we need to make sure solid health screenings are in place, that the federal government is stepping up and providing the resources that it can."

Doctors say while providing care for the undocumented immigrants has been a challenge, the good news is the number of infectious disease they have come across is extremely low.

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