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ICYMI: Washington Post: With three months left in medical school, her career may be slipping away.

“That’s my dream: to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “I hope I can do it.” A Washington Post piece masterfully captures the all-too-familiar combination of “dreams and disbelief” that so many high-achieving DACAmented students face as Republicans in Congress and the White House continue to block passage of a bipartisan solution. Maria Sacchetti’s in-depth piece sets the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “These Dreamers are saving lives”

In a new must-read piece, CNN’s Parija Kavilanz interviews a few of the many DACA-recipients, who – as doctors, nurses, and teachers – dedicate their lives to bettering our shared nation. Now, because of White House extremism and congressional inaction, they may lose their jobs and ability to fully contribute to their communities. According to Juan Escalante, … Continue reading »

How the Ongoing Crisis Over DACA Has Left a Toll on Dreamers

At the Huffington Post this week is a story about Norma, a Dreamer who was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and PTSD after being undocumented in the U.S. for nearly her entire life. She’s far from the only immigrant who’s suffered adverse psychological consequences as a result of her status. Today on our blog, we published … Continue reading »

Norma’s Story: Fear of Deportation Can Have Lasting Psychological Impacts

Austin, TX –  In a new piece, Roque Planas of HuffPost outlines the journey through anxiety, depression, PTSD–and towards recovery–of Norma Herrera, a formerly undocumented immigrant living in Texas. Growing up with the fear that she or her parents could be deported at any moment profoundly affected Norma’s mental health.  Even after she became a legal permanent resident, … Continue reading »

Trump Punishes Children, Families by Targeting Nutrition and Health Care

Donald Trump, as part of his white nationalist agenda, wants to kick immigrants already in the country out and keep future immigrants from coming in. As Reuters originally reported this month, he’s not above punishing children and families to do it, by threatening their ability to stay in the U.S. if they sign up for … Continue reading »

Without Dream Act, One of First DACA PhDs Will Be Barred from Life-Saving Research Work

The Senate is debating immigration legislation this week, and everything from cutting legal immigration to increasing deportations appears to be on the table. What Senators should be focusing on is passing the Dream Act. Since Donald Trump ended the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program last fall, hundreds of Dreamers have been losing status … Continue reading »

Dreamers Are an Essential Part of our Nation’s Health Care

Since Donald Trump ended DACA last September, hundreds of Dreamers have been losing status every day, and thousands of Dreamers will start losing their ability to work (as well as their protection from deportation) when the program officially ends in March. Among many other things, this may compromise America’s public health system, considering the number … Continue reading »

Op-Ed: Cancellation of TPS “Could Hit Health Care Hard”

Chicago, IL – In an op-ed for Crain’s Chicago Business, Sara McElmurry, communications strategist and nonresident fellow for immigration at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, makes a compelling case on how the revocation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has issued a threat to a crucial pipeline of Midwestern workers: home health care aides. The piece in its entirety can be … Continue reading »

Paula Span for New York Times: If Immigrants Are Pushed Out, Who Will Care for the Elderly?

In a column for the New York Times, Paula Span highlights the critical contributions immigrants, including TPS holders, make to the United States elder care and healthcare industries. The piece aptly cites the following statistic to support its claims: One in four of the direct-care workers in the nation’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care agencies are … Continue reading »