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Message from the Chair Regarding New Immigration Policies

Monday, January 30, 2017
Ann Reed

In a time of significant change and uncertainty in our nation and the world, Duke Children’s and the Duke Department of Pediatrics reaffirms our unwavering commitment to the health and safety of all children.

We are deeply concerned about any current and proposed policy changes that will compound their suffering and threaten the welfare of the most vulnerable among us. We stand with our patients and their families during this time and urge our elected representatives to prioritize the safety and welfare of all children regardless of birthplace or circumstance.

We firmly believe that our success as an institution, and indeed the success of our country as a whole, is rooted in the values of diversity and inclusion. Further, we believe that the clearest present danger to our thriving as a community is fear and discrimination.

Our team is comprised of committed professionals who hold a diverse range of political, philosophical, religious, and cultural perspectives. We value this diversity and believe it makes us stronger and more effective in our service to our community. We are monolithic in only one regard: our singular abiding commitment to the well-being of all children.

The nurturing of a growing child, the treatment of illness, the relief of pain and suffering, and the calming of fear are not political actions. They are a part of our common humanity and central to our professional privilege. To quote Dr. Fernando Stein, the current President of the AAP, we as pediatricians are “non-partisan and pro-children.”

Children are not threats; they are our future. We urge our community and our leaders to remember this fundamental truth as we seek our way forward as a nation.

Ann M. Reed, MD
William Cleland Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Duke Children’s

AAP Statement on Protecting Immigrant Children
Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics