More than 100 people — mostly Boston Medical Center employees — gathered outside the hospital to express their support for patients and criticize a visit from first lady Melania Trump on Wednesday.
Many of the demonstrators told WBUR that a visit from the Trump administration runs counter to the hospital's mission. The hospital serves a large population of nonwhite and immigrant patients.
Several BMC workers who participated said they want all patients — especially those from marginalized communities who may have been affected by federal policies — to feel safe at BMC. Many worried that the first lady's visit may send the wrong message to some people seeking treatment.
Eduardo Garza, a resident at BMC, said he understands it is not easy to refuse a visit from the first lady.
"We are not protesting her being here," he said. "We're more trying to give a message to our patients, to say, 'Hey, we see you. ... We understand the issues you're going through, and we stand with you.' "
The first lady came to BMC — the city's largest safety net health care provider — as part of her "BE BEST" initiative aimed at promoting children's well-being.
This segment aired on November 6, 2019.