For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, KristianR@mifamiliavota.org
Washington D.C. – President Joe Biden has announced that his administration is expanding eligibility for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges to DACA Recipients.
Héctor Sánchez Barba, Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota, released the following statement in response to this announcement:
“Immigrants drive American innovation and growth; they are the engine of opportunity that keeps our country going. They have long been essential to the prosperity of this nation. Unfortunately, a 2021 survey of people with DACA found that 34 percent are living without any kind of health insurance.
Healthcare should be a right for all, especially given immigrants contribute to health care programs. We applaud the expansion of critical healthcare care programs to DACA recipients. Now we must work together to create structural changes to fully include immigrants that contribute so much to our country’s being.
Congress must act; we need results as soon as possible, and our communities can not wait. While this is a welcome step forward, we know that the key to unlocking our country’s full potential, to keep the promise of its greatness, is to provide a full pathway to citizenship to those who contribute so much to the United States.”
About Mi Familia Vota: Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota operates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas.