One week after taking office, President Donald Trump delivered on a high-profile campaign promise and issued an antiterrorism order that has reverberated around the world. The president banned nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) from traveling to the US for the next three months, suspended admission of all refugees for four months, and indefinitely blocked admission of Syrian refugees to the US. Up to 100,000 people were affected, with many detained, some deported, and thousands overseas forced to change their travel plans to the US.
Some physicians employed in the United States were caught up in the executive order. The episode has not only provoked a showdown over the federal courts' authority to block the president's order, it has alerted health care organizations that they may be unable to keep their staffing at full strength. In California, hundreds — possibly thousands — of doctors could be affected by immigration bans.