Federal and state privacy laws protect the rights of healthcare providers and their patients. These laws limit the disclosure of personal information, including immigration status, to law enforcement officers and agencies. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) follow “sensitive locations” policies that bar agents from making arrests at churches, schools, and hospitals except in extraordinary circumstances.
In California, Senate Bill 54 ensures the implementation of policies that restrict collaboration between public healthcare facilities and immigration agencies. Despite reports of isolated incidents across the country of ICE detaining people in hospitals, the aforementioned laws and policies have continued to protect the rights of immigrants here in California. However, there are also many resources you can equip yourself with if you ever encounter ICE or other law enforcement. ACLU Southern California has helpfully outlined these tips and safety protocols to protect yourself and your loved ones.