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Coalition Expresses Concern Over Trump Immigration Order

America’s Essential Hospitals and nearly 60 other health care and medical professional organizations sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern about a Jan. 27 executive order restricting the admission of certain foreign nationals and refugees to the United States, noting that the move will disrupt patient care, health education, and medical research.

“Among its challenges, the United States currently faces a number of health care workforce shortages,” the groups wrote. “Highly skilled health professionals from other countries, many in roles that otherwise could not be filled, represent a significant portion of providers who care for American and international patients within our borders, meeting an important need in our nation’s health care system.”

The association and other groups acknowledge the importance of national security, but contend that “current entry and renewal pathways for foreign nationals … provide a balanced approach that attracts the best and brightest from around the world.”

The letter calls on the administration to “consider the potential impact of the executive order on the health of the nation that will result from turning away patients, health professionals, and researchers” and offers to help in crafting “measured immigration policies that reflect the health care needs of the nation.”

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Michelle Rosenfeld is manager of communications at America's Essential Hospitals.

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