“Medical professionals” sent a message to First Lady Melania Trump when she visited the Boston Medical Center on Wednesday: They don’t appreciate her coming to love on babies born addicted to drugs.

That message, they made clear, is far more important than their patients.

Hundreds of BMC employees walked off the job to protest Melania Trump’s visit because they alleged her husband is racist and scary to illegal immigrants, the Boston Herald reports.

So they took the time out to make special signs and custom protest shirts to show the world they hate Trump, which they couched as a show of “solidarity” with illegal immigrant patients.

“We’re here, standing in solidarity with the community to show we’re not complicit,” BMC’s pediatric community-engagement manager, Erica Pike, told the news site.

“The big fear is our patients are not going to feel safe coming here,” BMC resident Eduardo Garza said. “We want them to know we will give them exceptional care, without exception.”

Signs read “stop terrorizing immigrant children,” “Trump Pence Out Now!” “We really do care … do you?” and “Cuddles not cages.”

“We are not protesting her being here,” Garza told WBUR. “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 visit was part of Melania Trump’s “BE BEST” initiative to help promote children’s social, emotional and physical health.

The “Three Pillars of BE BEST” involve a focus on well-being, online safety and opioid abuse, three issues that are greatly impacting children and families across the nation and world.

“It remains our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional and physical habits,” Melania Trump said of her initiative.

According to Boston University:

Inside (BMC), the focus was on the center’s Cuddling Assists in Lowering Maternal and Infant Stress (CALM) program. As part of her visit, Trump met with families and infants getting support from the program, which has successfully treated infants and mothers since it was launched in 2016. “I hope today’s visit helps shine a light,” Trump told the media that attended. “It is my hope that what we discuss today will encourage others to replicate similar programs within their own communities.”

By using a nonpharmacologic approach to opioid-exposed infants—including the CALM program, along with intensive, supportive care—BMC has seen significant changes. Before that strategy, 86 percent of infants with opioid exposure were treated with medication, but that figure has since dropped to between 30 and 40 percent.

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