Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bush Puts Brakes on Legal Immigration Process

After the British doctor attempted terror attacks, I worried about the shut down of foreign medical professionals as many are key in serving Americans who might otherwise fall through the health care safety net. Community health centers frequently employ foreign physicians and currently have a high vacancy rate. With the large number of unfilled primary care doctor slots, any immigration shutdown will have a rollover impact on care delivery.

From letters on it appears that shutdown has begun. One letter stated "... on July 2nd, the DOS declared that no visas were available until Oct 1st 2007, forcing USCIS to reject all the applications received..." The person ended their letter with:

"I strongly urge you to support highly skilled people seeking legal employment-based immigration, like me, who are actively contributing and improving the greater American Society."

If any doctor slots go unfilled, one can always fall back on the President's recent reassurance. "I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room." I hope President Bush knows who works those ER's. That would be doctors....

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