An Immigrant Doctor on the Immigration Ban

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There is a shortage of doctors in many rural regions of the United States, and the physicians who take jobs in rural clinics and hospitals, which pay less than positions in urban centers, are often immigrants. The executive order banning immigrants who come from seven Muslim-majority nations will exacerbate that problem, according to Dr. Ali Fadhil, an internist in northern Georgia, who is originally from Iraq. Most of his patients are white supporters of Donald Trump, and most of his medical colleagues are immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and India. After feeling threatened during Trump’s rise to power, Fadhil is moving his family to the West Coast, where he hopes they will stick out less. He spoke with The New Yorker’s Dorothy Wickenden, the magazine’s executive editor and the host of the “Politics and More” podcast, a few days after Trump’s executive order was announced.