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A statement from Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld:

OneWorld welcomes everyone who needs a health care home, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, immigration status or ability to pay. We care for more than 46,000 patients annually, and we have 50 years of experience with helping patients—including immigrants, refugees and asylees—access quality, affordable health care. In light of the new priority for the deportation of undocumented immigrants, we are concerned about the impact this will have on our community as families are separated and children may be left stranded.

This dialogue once again calls for comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our values as a nation. Until that time, our community must be prepared for the chaos this will bring to the workforce, to families with mixed immigration status and to innocent children. The change in policy highlighted in recent news will result not only in damage to the physical and mental health of these children and their families, but also in damage that will be with us for generations to come.

We invite the Omaha community to not lose sight of the people who will be affected by these changes and remember that these individuals, families and dependent children have come to the U.S. in search of a better life. Like OneWorld’s founders who started a small health care clinic in a former church parsonage in South Omaha 50 years ago, we know that we strengthen our communities by having a strong workforce, and we enrich our lives by welcoming those in need. We maintain our belief that it is important to stand with the most vulnerable populations in our world, and in doing so, to lift up our community, our state and our nation.

On Tuesday, July 2, OneWorld employees, family members and friends will peacefully stand in support of immigrants, refugees and asylees in our community. We will gather on the corner of 30th St. and L St. at 5:15 p.m. to illustrate our belief that all are welcome in our community. We invite members of the community to stand with us. Please consider wearing blue and/or white.

Sincerely,

Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld

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