Press Release

Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

Rick Pollack

President and CEO

American Hospital Association

Many American hospitals, health systems and patients depend on a global team of clinicians to deliver the care they need. And international medical professionals rely on visas to provide the highest quality medical expertise.  

We appreciate the re-examination of the original executive order regarding green card and visa holders. However, we remain concerned by the new executive order’s implications on hospitals, health systems, medical professionals and patients. In particular, we believe the order could have a negative impact on international medical school graduates in our nation’s teaching hospitals in the upcoming academic year. Therefore, we recommend an immediate case-by-case waiver review for accepted residents from the six affected countries.

We will continue to work with the Administration to ensure continued access to the global team that provides world class health care in America.

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