Pediatricians are leading efforts to promote the needs of immigrant children as the first comprehensive immigration reform bill in nearly a decade moves through the Senate.

Our advocacy in this area represents a long-standing relationship between AAP policy and public policy, and between health disparities we observe in our patients and opportunities to bridge the gaps. This relationship is reflective of the Academy’s comprehensive approach to pursuing our agenda for children.

AAP state and federal policy priorities are guided by the Academy’s expertise about what children need, and our advocacy efforts in immigration reform are no different. At the Academy’s 2013 Annual Leadership Forum, “Protecting Immigrant Children” was ranked No. 5 in the Top 10 list of resolutions. In addition, the Council on Community Pediatrics released a policy statement, Providing Care for Immigrant, Migrant, and Border Children, earlier this spring, and the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group recently...

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