AMA Supports DACA & BRIDGE Act
In their public letter of support for the bill, the AMA cited a study that found 112 students with DACA status applied to medical schools in the US, of which approximately 70 enrolled in 2016. They cited another study that estimated that the DACA program could add 5,400 physicians to the US healthcare system throughout the coming years.
These individuals help contribute to a diverse and culturally responsive physician workforce, which in turn helps benefit not only traditionally underserved patients but all patients as well. DACA recipients should be able to continue to study and work without fear of being deported.