Senators ask government to delay foreign nurse requirement

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Fourteen Senators urged the Department of Homeland Security to delay an impending regulation requiring foreigners who come to the U.S. to work as nurses to hold a certificate issued by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. The rule is slated to become effective Oct. 1.

The letter to Secretary Tom Ridge specifically pointed to Canadians who cross the border daily to work in U.S. healthcare facilities.

"We fear this will have an adverse impact on the number of states throughout the country that rely on foreign nurses to staff their hospitals and nursing homes," the Senators said.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, signed the letter, as well as Sens. Orrin Hatch, (R-UT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), among others.