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Statement from Sinai Health System President and CEO on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Statement from Sinai Health System President and CEO on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

The following is a statement from Karen Teitelbaum, Sinai Health System President and CEO.

You have undoubtedly heard that United States Attorney Jeffrey Sessions announced that the federal government will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, also referred to as the "Dream Act") program. Why is this important to Sinai Health System and to our communities?

The DACA program provides over 800,000 immigrants who were undocumented when they entered the United States as minors to receive a renewable two-year period for eligibility for a work permit and those youth were free from the threat of deportation during that period. The program enabled young "dreamers" from other countries to experience a stable life in the United States in which they could learn, earn a living, and in time, perhaps enjoy citizenship while they contributed to our society in so many ways.

Individuals who are currently covered by DACA will keep their status for at least six months. Applications that are currently filed for DACA status will be processed. However, no new applications will be accepted after that date. It is important to note that Congress will have six months to find a legislative solution to protect the DACA program.

The Sinai Health System Board Committee on External Affairs has authorized Sinai Health System to advocate for immigration initiatives that support our communities, patients, and caregivers. We have done so for the past four years and we will be working with our many partners to support a legislative solution for DACA. We will be active with the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, the Illinois Council for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Shriver Center for Poverty Law, and other advocates who will be working on this critical issue.

As a member of the Sinai Health System family, you know that we are committed to health and social equity, and so have been supportive of DACA and the "dreamers" who see a better future here. To the DACA recipients who work at Sinai and to our caregivers who have family members and friends affected by this action, we want you to know we stand with you. 

Let's stand together and let our Sinai voices be heard.


Karen Teitelbaum


Media contact:
Roberta Rakove
Senior Vice President, Strategy and External Affairs

About Sinai Health System

Located on Chicago’s West and Southwest Side, Sinai Health System is comprised of Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Sinai Community Institute, Sinai Medical Group, and Sinai Urban Health Institute.

The entities of Sinai Health System collectively deliver a full range of quality inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a large number of innovative, community-based health, research and social service programs. We focus our collective depth of expertise and passion to improve the health of the 1.5 million people who live in our diverse service area. With our team of dedicated caregivers, Sinai Health System is committed to building stronger, healthier communities.