Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell encouraged families with mixed immigration status to sign up for Obamacare to see whether they could get subsidies for purchasing health insurance.
Burwell made her remarks during a Google hangout with bloggers to promote Obamacare to Hispanics, discovered by Red Alert Politics reporter Ashley Dobson.
“With regards to the issue of mixed families, absolutely, mixed families should come. They should seek, try, go on the site," Burwell said, adding, "They’ll find out they can get financial assistance. They may be eligible for different programs for their children or themselves, depending on which members of their family, in terms of what is mixed.”
“So everyone should come on, and folks should not be scared because … no questions will be asked. This is not about an immigration issue.”
According to the National Immigration Law Center, illegal immigrants are allowed to apply for benefits on behalf of eligible members of their families. Those individuals “are not required to provide information about their citizenship or immigration status and are not required to provide a Social Security number (SSN) if one was not issued to them.”
That allows illegal immigrants to apply for health insurance for their children who were born in the United States.