Second Opinion is a weekly Q-and-A series that answers questions from San Diegans on the Affordable Care Act. Ask yours here.
The Question: How do parents who are in the country illegally go about getting their citizen children insured?
Oscar Ramos is a teacher at The Preuss School, a charter school for grades 6 through 12 on UC San Diego’s campus (Ramos is also an occasional VOSD contributor). Ramos’s classroom walls are decorated with photos of previous students who have gone off to college – a feat that’s especially meaningful to Ramos because his students, like him, come from low-income and mixed-status households.
“We find out that the parent has been deported and the student is living with friends or relatives,” Ramos said. “You start to notice problems with the student’s education in class and behavior or homework completion, that kind of thing.”
Ramos, whose own parents immigrated to the United States illegally before he was born and were later granted amnesty, said he gets two or three students dealing with issues stemming from their own illegal status or their parents’ each year.