Exactly five years after the Obama administration implemented the historic “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program (DACA) that granted deportation relief to nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, the Trump Administration late Thursday — in an apparent change of heart — announced it will keep the program, marking a significant victory for “Dreamers” nationwide.
In this article, the authors summarize current policy and provide data on DACA recipients in medical school.
They then review the implications for considering DACA recipients in graduate medical education, including employment guidelines, employer responsibilities, training at Veterans Affairs facilities, research funding, and professional licensure.
They conclude by discussing the future of the DACA program and best practices for supporting students who are DACA recipients.
Napolitano, who served as U.S. Homeland Security secretary under President Obama, said the vast expansion of deportation priorities announced by the White House this week would not work in the long run.
"The new guidance essentially makes all undocumented immigrants in the United States priorities for enforcement," she said in a statement given to The Times.