Two neurologists in Houston are fighting to stay and continue their work after more than 10 years in the U.S. Dr. Pankaj Satija, a neurologist who helped found the Pain and Headache Centers of Texas and his wife, Dr. Monika Ummat, who is also a neurologist specializing in epilepsy at Texas Children’s Hospital, are now facing deportation under Trump’s new immigration ban. Houston Chronicle reports:
“The couple has been here legally for more than a decade after coming here from India to do research and complete their medical residencies. The Houston Methodist Hospital System sponsored Satija for his green card around 2008 and the Labor Department certified that no Americans could perform his job in 2010. But because of rules limiting how many immigrants can actually receive permanent residency each year and a tremendous backlog in the process, the couple was provided a provisional status until their green cards become available. The category for India is currently so behind that only immigrants who applied for the labor certification before June 2008 are receiving their green cards.”
File this under further proof that individual health and well-being are unimportant under Trump’s government. The couple sees 40-50 patients per workday each.