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They Can Help Fight Coronavirus. Trump Wants to Deport Them.

Stephanie Griffith writes about how an attempt to take DACA protections from hundreds of thousands of young people would affect the number of health care workers available to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The huge spike in coronavirus cases across the United States has hospitals struggling to remain fully staffed. A looming national doctor shortage appears imminent, and it’s never been clearer just how important America’s frontline medical workers are.

Many of them may not be able to work here much longer. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether hundreds of thousands of young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—among them thousands of doctors and other medical professionals—lose the protected status that allows them to temporarily live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.

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Stephanie Griffith

Senior Fellow