Tougher immigration law has migrant workers seeking healthcare in the field

SLOCOMB, AL – Many of the Mexican men and women picking green beans, peaches and strawberries in this lush, southeast corner of the state are fearful about seeking health care since a tough new immigration law was enacted last year.

Marisela Clemente, outreach coordinator from Slocomb Family Health Center, is trying to ease those fears one farm at a time. She joins eight workers taking a break at 150-acre Aplin Farms. After joking with the men and women in Spanish, she asks about their health and urges them to visit the nearby migrant clinic, where the staff speaks Spanish and doesn't require proof of citizenship.

"We have to go to them because they are afraid to come here to the clinic," says Clemente

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