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December 5, 2017

Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Clinical Scholars Program, University of California Los Angeles
  • 2American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 3Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California
JAMA. 2017;318(21):2079-2080. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15714

In July 2017, Jose de Jesus Martinez, an undocumented immigrant, wept at the bedside of his 16-year-old son Brandon, who was comatose in the intensive care unit of a San Antonio, Texas, hospital after being found in a parked unventilated trailer. Several agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) entered Brandon’s hospital room and aggressively began questioning Jose.1

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