Mission of the VA is to Serve Veterans, Not Migrants

By Mike Fishmore | May 12, 2024

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Veterans' advocates are raising concerns about a longstanding agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to handle claims for migrant medical care. 

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They fear that this arrangement could impact the VA's primary mission of providing care for veterans. These concerns come amidst an ongoing border crisis and existing complaints regarding the quality of care provided to veterans.

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"I’d like to understand why the VA is involved," says Russ Duerstine, who serves as the executive director of Concerned Veterans for America and is a former member of the United States Air Force, as he shared his thoughts with Fox News. When an undocumented immigrant in ICE custody requires medical attention, they are usually treated on-site by healthcare professionals.