Seventy health care organizations, led by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), urged Congress on Thursday to take action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying that they should provide a legal pathway to Dreamers.
“By providing a legal pathway to permanent residency for undocumented Americans brought to the U.S. as children, Congress can help our country produce a diverse and culturally responsive health care workforce to meet the needs of underserved populations, improve cultural awareness, and promote health equity,” the groups wrote in a letter to Congressional leadership.
“With the nation’s population growing and becoming increasingly diverse, it is crucial that the health professions workforce respond to the changing demographics of the country to mitigate racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities,” they wrote.
“We urge congressional leadership to advance legislation before health professionals participating in DACA lose their lawful status and are unable to continue their employment, education, training, and research,” they said.
The Hill added:
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), emerged from a White House dinner with President Trump on Wednesday and announced they had reached an agreement in principle over how to handle recipients of the DACA program.
Trump also said Thursday “we’re working on a plan for DACA.”