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Posted on: August 21st, 2019
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Dear Readers:

It’s been a tough last few weeks for immigration. The shooting of more than 20 Hispanic people in El Paso shocked the country. That was followed by a series of worksite raids in Mississippi that left many children separated from their parents. And then a few days later, the Trump Administration released a shockingly overreaching new public charge rule that has the potential to jeopardize the entry of and green card petitions for millions of immigrants. That regulation is a lot to get your hands around and this month we provide a detailed summary of what’s coming.

I write this from Washington, DC where I’ve been spending some time visiting Senate and House offices to advocate for better immigration policies. On this trip, I’ve joined immigrant physicians who are educating members of Congress about the importance of welcoming immigration policies to ensuring that patients in many parts of the country have access to doctors. It’s a serious problem as the national physician shortage is expected to worsen – potentially to 132,000 by 2032, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. I try to get to Washington a couple of times a year to advocate for better immigration policies and have found these visits make a real difference. If you ever have the opportunity to go to Washington to advocate, you should really consider doing so. You really appreciate our democracy and an in-person visit leaves an impression much stronger than most other forms of advocacy.

 

Regards,

Greg Siskind

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