In 2017, Immigration Policy put into place by the Trump Administration began separating children from their families as an unusually cruel measure to deter illegal immigration. In 2018 the US Judicial system deemed family separation and indeterminate detention of immigrants to be inhumane. The government was ordered to discontinue such practices. In contrast, more than 900 additional families have been separated at the border after requesting asylum through legal ports of entry.


D4CC Official Position Statement



We, the physicians and healthcare workers of Doctors for Camp Closure, seek to end the inhumane treatment of those coming to our borders, asking for our help. Their long journey to our borders are to be met with compassion, dignity, and a fair, efficient application process. To that end, it requires an intent to protect the health of applicants, the sanctity of the family bond, and the virtue of an honest, transparent application for legal entry to the US carried out in a manner that sufficiently protects the most vulnerable. These are the ideals upon which our nation was founded and has flourished.

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum
to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind,
to whatever nation they might belong.”
— George Washington

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