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AAP Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Partially Reinstate Travel Ban Executive Order

6/26/2017 by: Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics

​"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is disappointed in today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which would allow portions of a White House Executive Order temporarily banning certain immigrants and refugees from entering the United States to remain in effect until further review. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consolidate both pending cases and will hear oral arguments in October.

"As a result of this decision, many immigrant and refugee children and families as well as international medical school graduates and pediatric researchers are left with an uncertain future. While today's ruling does not allow wholesale discrimination against refugees as envisioned by the Executive Order, we are deeply concerned by the Court's departure from the rulings of two lower courts, the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, which halted the Order.

"The Academy has weighed in with the Court to urge a full reversal of the ban, and pediatricians remain concerned by the toll that this and other harmful Executive Orders and actions are taking on the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee children in general. The pervasive fear, anxiety and trauma felt by immigrant communities will impact these children for years to come. Denying some of the brightest minds in medicine the opportunity to serve patients in our communities will exacerbate existing pediatric workforce shortages and only hurt our patients. We should cherish and celebrate all that immigrants contribute to our country, not deny them the opportunity to come here in the first place."


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds