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Internists Applaud Court Decision Upholding DACA Program

Statement attributable to:
Ana María López, MD, MPH, MACP
President, American College of Physicians

Washington, DC (November 9, 2018) – The American College of Physicians (ACP) appreciates the decision of a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court's ruling against efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and prevents them from being deported. ACP strongly believes that any attempt to eliminate the DACA program will undermine medical education and public health.

Medical students and resident physicians are among those who are protected under DACA, and ending the program would negatively impact the physician workforce and the patients they treat. These “dreamers” have the experience and background needed to treat an increasingly diverse patient population. Additionally, ACP fears that any attempt to undermine the DACA program would make it exceedingly difficult for immigrants to access health care coverage, going against ACP’s longstanding goal of improving access to affordable, quality health care for all.

ACP is relieved to see that the DACA program will continue to be upheld, and reaffirms its calls to Congress to implement legislation that will protect dreamers and create a permanent pathway to citizenship.

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