Message from Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership on DACA
The White House’s troubling decision earlier this week to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) could have a far-reaching and detrimental impact on many innocent young people as well as communities, businesses and school districts throughout our nation. We have heard concerns from members of our own hospital family – talented individuals who contribute in numerous ways to our efforts to provide compassionate patient care – who worry how this decision may affect their future and the future of health care in this country. And we’ve heard from other members of our staff who are seeking a way to support their colleagues, friends, patients and families who may be affected by such a short-sighted action.
We want to assure you that these concerns are our concerns too. We will join with the loud chorus of voices urging Congress to legislate a solution that will enable these promising young people to live, work and study in this nation without fear of deportation. We will be in contact with the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Hospital Association and our federal representatives to show our full support of a permanent, bipartisan legislative solution.
We understand that our staff as well as patients and their families may express concerns and seek information and support here. As always, we remain steadfast in our efforts to provide a safe, healthy haven for all. Programs including our Employee Assistance Program and Partners for International Professionals and Students are available to you, and more resources are listed on Apollo. At the MGH, we cherish the diverse individuals who comprise our extended family and we will continue to lend our strength and support – and again, our voices – to programs that encourage a healthy, productive future.
Peter L. Slavin, MD
Timothy G. Ferris