Federal healthcare programs should cover the children of illegal immigrants, a group of House Democrats says.
Democrats are asking the Obama administration to make healthcare available to children who are able to stay in the U.S. under the deferred-action immigration policy that President Obama announced earlier this year.
The policy — similar to the DREAM Act — allows many children of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation, as long as they meet certain criteria.
A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), is now pressing the Obama administration to open federal healthcare programs to children who receive deferred action under Obama’s plan.
The administration has said DREAMers are not eligible for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or the federal subsides provided under Obama’s signature healthcare law.