The American College of Physicians (ACP) is deeply concerned about the recent executive order restricting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including refugees and those who already hold visas for entry into the U.S. We, as internal medicine colleagues, understand that this action may be distressing and disruptive to you on both a personal and professional level.
The College has worked quickly to address the issue and advocate on behalf of internists and physicians of all faiths and nations.
ACP issued a comprehensive statement on U.S. immigration policy on January 31, 2017 that details the College’s opposition to discrimination, religious tests, refugee bans, and denial of entry to persons with legal visas, and expresses grave concerns about the implications of the executive order on medical education, access to health care services, public health and families. This comprehensive statement on U.S. immigration policy was preceded by a public statement from ACP on January 30, 2017 that reaffirmed the College’s longstanding policy on diversity in medicine and our commitment toward non-discrimination against physicians, medical students and others in immigration policies.
The executive order and the potential deportation of “Dreamers” have grave implications for medical education, access to health care services, public health, families and freedom to worship. ACP believes that the executive order will hinder the free exchange of information and travel among doctors around the world, and that such discriminatory practices can have a negative impact on public and global health.
ACP values the significant contributions of physicians of all religions, races, ethnicities and cultures, both in the U.S. and abroad. The College will continue to advocate for non-discriminatory policies that support families, public health, and medical education while ensuring that persons entering the U.S. are thoroughly vetted before being granted visas.
We encourage you to urge your colleagues to further strengthen our voice by becoming part of the ACP community. Additionally, you can connect with colleagues, participate in discussion, and share your thoughts and stories through the ACP member forum on immigration: https://www.acponline.org/forums/immigration
Nitin S. Damle MD, MS, MACP
President, American College of Physicians