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President-elect Biden expected to repeal travel ban

Residency Program Insider, November 12, 2020

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The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden is expected to repeal President Donald Trump's executive order placing significant restrictions on travel and immigration to the U.S. from several countries.

The executive order from January 2017 originally targeted nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. At the time, organization like the ACGME and Association of American Medical Colleges expressed concerns in a community letter that the executive order would have a damaging long-term impact on patient care and medical research by disrupting physician education and research.

In fact, in a highly-publicized incident, a first-year internal medicine resident at Cleveland Clinic was barred from reentering the United States following the executive order. She was eventually allowed to return to the U.S. following high-level discussions between lawyers for the Cleveland Clinic, outside lawyers, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



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