Congress Must Quickly and Decisively Protect the Future of Dreamers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Statement attributable to:
John Meigs, Jr., MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians


“Congress must act to resolve the now-uncertain legal status of the estimated 800,000 people who are currently protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These young people face a cloudy future because of the Administration’s decision to end the DACA program in six months.

“The young people who have participated in DACA are in the United States through no fault of their own. They have demonstrated their commitment to the only nation they have ever known. They have pursued an education (with many entering medical school and/or residency programs as well as other health professions programs), served in the U.S. military or maintained employment.

“We are already facing a shortage of primary care physicians. Ending DACA protections could further threaten patient access to care, particularly in medically underserved areas. According to sources, 108 students with DACA status applied to U.S. medical schools. Now, they cannot be assured they will complete their medical education and the three to six years of residency training to become physicians. Not only does the loss of DACA protection deprive these students of a future, it also could deny Americans access to care.

“The six-month delay gives Congress a chance to implement the intent of DACA through the legislative process. The American Academy of Family Physicians calls on Congress to act quickly and decisively to protect the future of these productive, contributing members of our communities.”


Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Meigs, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237,
Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.


 

 

 

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