Statement on Medical Deferred Action Program - August 31, 2019

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In August, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services eliminated the deferred action program, a step that will lead to the deportation of immigrants being treated in the U.S. for serious medical conditions. This cruel and inhumane policy will cut off access to lifesaving treatment for many patients in need, including cancer patients being treated here at Dana-Farber.

Last week, we stood with local leaders to speak out against this policy at an event led by the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC). Dana-Farber has worked closely with IIIC for over a decade as they have provided substantial pro bono legal support to some of our pediatric patient families. In the month remaining before the deportations begin, we will continue working with IIIC and others to identify resources for patients and families so they can maintain the care their life depends on. We will share additional details with all of you as these efforts develop.

As I’ve said before, Dana-Farber is above all a place of hope and healing, and we will continue to strive to provide the best possible care and support to all of our patients and families.


Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

President and CEO

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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