U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) spoke to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli today urging him to address the concerns of health care workers whose visas may expire this summer without being renewed in time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Cramer reached out to DHS after hearing about this issue from several health care constituencies.
“North Dakota’s health care workers need stability and peace of mind about their legal status during this crisis. We need them focused on providing the important, high quality care they care capable of, not worrying about the threat of deportation. While the Administration’s promise of leniency is a positive step, it does not provide these workers with enough certainty to relieve them of their understandable anxiety,” said Senator Cramer. “I thank Acting Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli for his time. I am hopeful he heard our concerns and look forward to working with the Department on possible solutions.”