Population Care

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Statements on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The AMA continues to work to ensure members of the health care workforce approved for DACA are able to continue employment, education, training and research in the health professions.

Immigration advocacy

See how the AMA advocates for immigrants.

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At this moment, an estimated 27,000 health care workers and support staff depend on DACA for their authorization to work in the United States. The number also includes nearly 200 medical students, medical residents and physicians who depend on DACA for their eligibility to practice medicine.

If those trainees and physicians retain their work eligibility, each will care for an average of between 1,533 and 4,600 patients a year. Together, over the course of their careers, they will touch the lives of 1.7 to 5.1 million U.S. patients.

  • The AMA worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court related to the impact of changes in DACA policy on physicians. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Nov. 12, 2019.
  • The AMA along with approximately 70 other health care organizations, supported the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R.6) as well as the Dream Act of 2019 (S.874). The AMA is working with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to draft and file an amicus brief by Oct. 14, 2019 related to the impact of changes in DACA policy on physicians. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in this case on Nov. 12.

The AMA is working with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to draft and file an amicus brief by Oct. 4, 2019 related to the impact of changes in DACA policy on physicians. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in this case on Nov. 12.

Additional advocacy activities

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