The National Association of Hispanic Nurses has a long-standing commitment to a diverse and culturally competent health care workforce. The values of diversity, inclusion, and equitable care are central to NAHN’s mission. The federal government’s announcement that it is rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has provided essential protection to some of our colleagues, patients, and to the nearly 800,000 undocumented young people nationwide, goes against our most basic values of equity and fairness.
The United States’ increasingly diverse population is rapidly growing. Research has shown that diversity in the healthcare workforce improves patient outcomes especially in populations with a history of barriers in access to care. The administration’s action to rescind DACA will impact many of our colleagues who have chosen professions in health care. We strongly support these individuals who can contribute to the health of their communities.
We urge members of Congress to put aside bipartisan rhetoric, and come together to provide permanent solutions so that members of the health care workforce with DACA status are able to continue their education and work to help our nation decrease health disparities in our communities.