ASDA supports measures for a diverse healthcare workforce
What's the issue?
In June, the House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). This legislation prohibits removal proceedings against certain aliens and provides such aliens with a path toward permanent resident status. Related to dental students, the act repeals a restriction that bars states from providing higher education benefits to undocumented aliens unless those benefits are available to all U.S. citizen.
Similar to H.R. 6, the Dream Act of 2019 (S. 874) was introduced to the Senate in March and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. H.R. 6 and S. 874 would ensure that members of the health care workforce approved for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals and other undocumented young people can continue their employment, education, training and research in health professions.
If granted a legal pathway to citizenship, these undocumented Americans who came to the U.S. as children will be able to contribute to a diverse and culturally responsive healthcare workforce.
Why is it important?
During the 2019 House of Delegates, ASDA members affirmed their support for the recruitment of an applicant pool that represents a diverse population by adopting the A-15 Applicant Equity policy. The policy also encourages dental school admissions agencies to give equal consideration to undocumented students who intend to seek legal permanent status.