Eric Pape

Eric Pape has been the deputy editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, a correspondent for Newsweek and Spin magazines, and a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and the Daily Beast.

Recent Articles

How Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall’ Frightens Legal Immigrants Out of Medical Care

Diseases don’t respect borders, nor do they care about passports, citizenship, or residency.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant tweetsand provocative border talk, along with his drive to toughen immigration enforcement around the nation, is scaring many immigrants away from medical care, claim a growing number of medical executives and health care professionals. “Every other day he reminds us [with] all this talk about the Wall, the Wall, the Wall,” says Castulo de la Rocha, the head of AltaMed Health Services, whose medical networks serve large numbers of undocumented people in Southern California. “People see images of children caged by this government. It all spreads like wildfire in immigrant communities. Think about what it means for people who hear that they will be picked up by an ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agent. The rage that they have to deal with day...