Immigrant-Friendly Policies Improve Children's Health Outcomes

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"Having undocumented immigrant parents affects multiple dimensions of a child’s health and well-being, likely due to limited access to resources and the ever-present anxiety about the future that undocumented immigrants face. The effects of growing up with undocumented parents, however, differs state by state and locality by locality depending on local immigration-related policies.

"Two such policies are whether states permit undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses and whether localities or states limit local law enforcements' participation in federal immigration enforcement (i.e., sanctuary policies). Having a driver's license allows parents to transport their children to health care appointments. Sanctuary policies may lessen undocumented immigrant parents' fear of accessing healthcare for their children."