Pandemic Underscores Need for DACA as High Court Considers Its Fate

As the nation’s doctors, nurses and other health care heroes fight a pandemic, the U.S. Supreme Court grapples with a case that could remove about 27,000 health professionals from the battlefield—including 200 medical students, residents and physicians.

The court case began well before the global pandemic struck. Even then, the stakes were high in a nation with shortages of physicians and other health professionals. The court is expected to issue its opinion by June 30 as to whether the Trump administration can lawfully terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA protects about 700,000 immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children and grew up here from deportation.

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