Medical workers ask El Paso hospital not to host Trump

Medical workers in the El Paso, Texas, area are asking a hospital that is treating victims of last weekend's mass shooting to not host President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE, who is scheduled to visit the city on Wednesday. 

Workers started a petition asking University Medical Center, which is treating several wounded victims of the massacre that left 22 dead, to not host the president, according to the Arizona Republic

The petition had more than 1,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning, although it was not clear how many of the signatories were medical workers.


"Given President Trump's rhetoric on immigration, I believe that this visit will be harmful for both the families affected and medical teams caring for those families," the petition said. 

"There have been reports that people injured during the attack on our community did not seek care out of fear of their immigration status," it continued. "I am concerned that a visit by President Trump will further stoke fears about seeking care. This visit is not consistent with the values of El Paso."

Lawmakers have also expressed resistance to a Trump visit, with 2020 presidential hopeful and former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMatthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' Anti-Greg Abbott TV ad pulled minutes before college football game: Lincoln Project O'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report MORE (D) engaging in a back and forth with the president over his scheduled visit, saying that he “should not come to El Paso.” Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarCourt rulings put Biden in tough spot with Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law rattles lawmakers Sunday shows - Biden domestic agenda, Texas abortion law dominate MORE (D-Texas) said that the president is “not welcome” in the city.

Trump is scheduled to visit El Paso after visiting the site of a second shooting over the weekend in Dayton, Ohio.

The two shootings left more than 30 dead and have reignited the national discussion on gun control.