12/30/2013 01:02 pm ET

Deportations Could Be Hurting Obamacare Enrollment

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Nearly a third of uninsured Americans are Latino immigrants, but most have missed the deadline to sign up for 2014 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Advocates say immigrants are reluctant to sign up because they fear they will inadvertently expose undocumented family members to federal immigration officials.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement blasted out a memo stating that immigration agents will not use health insurance information to track down undocumented immigrants for deportation. Still, with deportations hovering around record highs, it seems many mixed-status families aren’t willing to take the chance.

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