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Letter to Supreme Court Urges Justices to Consider DACA Healthcare Providers re COVID-19

March 30, 2020 (1 min read)

Mar. 27, 2020 letter re Wolf, et al., v. Batalla Vidal, et al., No. 18-589

"Healthcare providers on the frontlines of our nation’s fight against COVID-19 rely significantly upon DACA recipients to perform essential work. Approximately 27,000 DACA recipients
are healthcare workers—including nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, home health aides, technicians, and other staff—and nearly 200 are medical students, residents, and physicians. Brief for Ass’n of Am. Medical Colleges as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents at 2-3. The pandemic sheds new light on the reliance interests of healthcare providers and the public health consequences of ignoring those interests, presciently identified by the Association of American Medical Colleges and 32 allied organizations in their amicus brief:
The country [is not] prepared to fill the loss that would result if DACA recipients were excluded from the health care workforce."