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AAMC Statement on President Biden’s Actions on Immigration

January 21, 2021

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MEDIA CONTACTS
John Buarotti, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement on executive actions and forthcoming immigration legislation from the Biden administration that address several immigration policies, including travel restrictions on individuals from predominantly Muslim countries and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“The AAMC is pleased to see the new administration prioritize a balanced approach to immigration and citizenship policy by taking action to roll back nationality-based travel restrictions, preserve DACA, and propose legislation that would among other things provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

The executive actions and legislation help to recognize the role that health professionals from other countries play in safeguarding our nation’s health and well-being and increasing the diversity of the nation’s health care and scientific workforce. Additionally, the legislation he plans to send to Congress would provide a path to citizenship for the approximately 30,000 health care workers and support staff who depend on DACA for their authorization to work in the United States to continue to provide care to millions of patients across the country as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

The AAMC looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration and Congress on a balanced approach to immigration and citizenship policy that attracts and retains individuals who want to contribute to improving the health of our nation and people everywhere."

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 186,000 full-time faculty members, 94,000 medical students, 145,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.