A sports medicine doctor who says she volunteers on the front lines in New York during the coronavirus epidemic has been denied a green card to be in the United States, she told CNN.
Julia Iafrate, assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center who immigrated from Canada, told Chris Cuomo of CNN that she had lived in the United States for 13 years, completing a residency and scholarship program and obtaining employment in her field . She is one of the team doctors for the USA Ski Team and Columbia University Athletics, according to the university’s website.
“I was blind,” she said. “I was flabbergasted, as was my immigration lawyer, as well as my president and all the others involved in this case. They ask you to be an expert in your field … and I am, and I have proven it time and time again. “
Iafrate, who plans to appeal the decision, told Cuomo that she feels helpless.
“I don’t know what I could have done better,” she said. “I don’t know what I could have done differently. I put my life on the line every day to get there. ”
Trump has increasingly linked the pandemic to the need to tighten borders, for the sake of spreading the virus and losing jobs. He previously said he wanted to stop all immigration to the country.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has told CNN that it does not comment on decisions related to individual cases.