Healio Special Report: Health Care and Politics

Healio Special Report: Health Care and Politics

June 19, 2020
2 min read

Public health experts applaud Supreme Court’s decision to preserve DACA

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A Supreme Court decision Thursday allowed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program to remain in effect, keeping the approximately 690,000 offspring of U.S. immigrants from being deported.

Some medical societies have applauded the court’s decision, and the COVID-19 pandemic gives it even more significance, according to AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD.

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has underscored physician shortages and surging caseloads, DACA recipients have responded to the call by continuing to provide vital patient care,” she said in a statement. “We are pleased that the Supreme Court has recognized that upholding a rollback of the DACA program would have reduced our nation’s health care capacity at a time when we can ill afford it.”

ACP said it was “pleased” by the decision and added that the time is right to make DACA permanent.

“The fight must continue for this vital program. In order to ensure that the Dreamers continue to be protected, the Senate must pass the Dream and Promise Act,” the ACP said in a statement. “This is how to ensure permanent protection.”