Don't Deport Doctors, AMA Begs

FEBRUARY 07, 2017
Amy Jacob

Fearing that the Trump administrations’ plans for restricting immigration could significantly reduce the numbers of physicians practicing in the United States, the American Medical Association (AMA) has appealed directly to Congress.
In a letter written February 6, the AMA asked Congress to support a bipartisan bill that would protect the thousands of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and medical school students in the US. Reports have shown that one of every four practicing physicians in the US is an IMG and are more likely to work in low-income, underserved communities and other areas with physician shortages.
The bill, “Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act,” (BRIDGE Act) was designed to provide “provisional protected presence to qualified individuals who came to the United States as children”.
The AMA refers to these as “dreamers” and asks that those who already have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status be spared from deportation.
The bill listed DACA status holders’ eligibility criteria, which includes:
  • Born after June 15, 1981
  • Coming to the US before turning 16 years old
  • Living in the US between June 15, 2007 and the date when the “alien” filed an application
  • Physically residing in the US on Jan 15, 2012 and on the day the “alien” filed an application

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