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Refugee Ban Hurts Underserved Areas


by Alvin Chang

In early 2001, an Iranian family fled their home and landed in Texas as political refugees.

The mother, who went to medical school in Iran, passed her boards in the US and now works as a psychiatrist; she largely serves children in poverty. Her son, just 15 when they moved here, is now in his last year of residency; he extends the lives of people with cancer. They both work with underserved populations.

So a few weeks ago, when President Donald Trump signed the first executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries — including Iran — they were shocked.

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