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Trump Immigration Order Causing Worry in Healthcare Industry

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 04:19 PM

President Donald Trump's plan to sign an updated version of his temporary immigration ban is causing some anxiety within the medical field.

According to CBS News, nearly every state in the union has a shortage of primary care physicians. Hospitals are required to select which medical school graduates will work as residents by 9 p.m. Wednesday.

With 15,000 physicians hailing from any of the seven countries with a terror presence that were on the original directive Trump signed, the medical industry is growing worried what the travel ban could mean for Americans' healthcare.

Dr. Jerry Kruse, who serves as dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, told CBS he was inundated with messages from colleagues after Trump signed his first immigration order in January.

"I started getting one text and one email after another after another after another after another," Kruse said. "I think there is some fear — there is fear of detention and there's fear of the ban being extended to other countries."

Trump's original order put a temporary halt on people emigrating to the United States from seven countries with a terror presence — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. It also halted the refugee program from those nations for 120 days and the Syrian refugee program indefinitely.

CBS notes that 25 percent of U.S. doctors were born in a foreign country. The president of the American Medical Association told the network those doctors play a vital role in the medical field.

"International medical graduates are a very important part of the American health system," Dr. Andrew Gurman said. "In many places, the international medical graduate physician is the medical system. So people should be very concerned about this."

Trump is expected to sign an updated immigration order in the coming days, and it reportedly includes the same seven countries as the original one. 

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