Nurses from Canada who work in hospitals in Michigan state in the United States of America were surprised when last week, security officials on the border between the two countries prevented them from coming into the United States due to the modification in their work permits under the latest immigration orders.
Workers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit came across the news that nurses would not be able to renew their work permits.
The preceding week, a new employee from Canada at the Henry Ford hospital was on her way to work when she was refused entry at the country’s border.
She was made to understand that senior practising nurses and anaesthetists nurses were no longer eligible to acquire work permits due to the alteration in the policies of the present administration under Donald Trump.
“We have our doubts about the reason behind all these,” an immigration lawyer told news reporters.
“Every one of the new executive policies on immigration that has been put forward and everything done up to this point by the present administration has been driven by the need to protect the country’s security. It’s been a campaign of National security first, and obviously, this is not an issue that threatens the safety of the nation in any way.” Only senior practising nurses and anesthetists’ nurses are being turned back from the country.
All nurses of Canadian descent working in the country have NAFTA non-immigrant professional permits. A proposed total of around thirty thousand to forty thousand individuals with Canadian origin work in the United States of America with the NAFTA non-immigrant permits.
This visa allows professionals work in the country in their field of choice, granted they have received employment opportunities in the country.
Only the Henry Ford hospital in Michigan has lots of workers who are of Canadian descent on their payroll, with nearly twenty-five senior practicing nurses or anesthetists’ nurses with the NAFTA non-immigrant permits. “Some of these issues came as a shock to us,” the vice-president of human resource at the hospital, Patrick Irwin, told journalists.
“For a long time, we have been able to class these nurses under the NAFTA non-immigrant class.”
News reporters made contact with the United States customs security for questions, but as at press time, there has yet to be a reply from the department.
Hospital workers say they are working hard to calm the situation. “Their source of income is in danger of going away,” a lawyer said.
“They are clueless as to why this is occurring to them; they have no idea whatsoever. All they come here to do is work here and save American lives by giving quality healthcare services to Americans who require such.”