June 22, 2020

Public health experts applaud Supreme Court's decision to preserve DACA

From Healio:

A Supreme Court decision Thursday allowed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program to remain in effect, keeping the approximately 690,000 offspring of U.S. immigrants from being deported.

Perspective by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD

There are three reasons why the Supreme Court decision regarding DACA is a very good thing for public health.

First, my research and other research showed that the program improved mental and physical health outcomes among beneficiaries. Second, research has also showed that the children of DACA beneficiaries also had improved mental health outcomes. Third, there are a fair number of people in the health care workforce that have benefited from DACA, such as medical students and residents.

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