Ensuring Compliance With Quarantine by Undocumented Immigrants and Other Vulnerable Groups: Public Health vs. Politics

Am. J. Pub. Hlth 109(53):1179-1183.

5 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2019

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Christine Nero Coughlin

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: August 7, 2019

Abstract

A successful quarantine requires a high rate of compliance by individuals with potential exposure to a communicable disease. Many individuals would be reluctant to comply with a quarantine because they fear that contact with government officials will place them in legal, personal, or economic jeopardy. These include undocumented immigrants and individuals with a substance use disorder. For a quarantine to succeed, individuals must be granted temporary immunity from arrest, deportation, or similar adverse consequences, but doing so will be politically unpopular. We argue that public health considerations must take precedence over politics in protecting the health of the public.

Keywords: Quarantine, Undocumented Immigrants, Immunity, Substance Abuse, Discrimination, Compensation

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A. and Coughlin, Christine Nero, Ensuring Compliance With Quarantine by Undocumented Immigrants and Other Vulnerable Groups: Public Health vs. Politics (August 7, 2019). Am. J. Pub. Hlth 109(53):1179-1183.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3444512

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

Christine Nero Coughlin

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

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