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Deporting Ill Immigrants

he Trump administration has once again found a way to make deportation easier, now targeting ill immigrants. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) removed a program which essentially “allowed immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their relatives were undergoing lifesaving medical treatment.” The program called “deferred action,” provided thousands of immigrants with the opportunity to receive lifesaving medical treatment that they would not be able to receive in their home country. Under this program immigrants would have to renew their application every two years to prevent deportation. Ronnie Millar, executive director of the Irish International Immigrant Center stated, “These families and countless more across the country, if denied deferred action will be faced with the horrific choice of being undocumented in the U.S. and paying for care out of pocket or being deported to home countries where their children will not be able to receive this medical care and will face severely reduced quality of life, and in most cases, death.”  According to a spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requests for deferred action can made to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Which is the agency responsible for deportations. Representative Ayanna Pressley stated, “What’s so troubling about this, beyond the cruelty of it, is the lack of transparency around the process. There was no public comment period, not even a public announcement of this, and so I’m working with my colleagues to get answers and to urge this administration to change course.” It seems that the Trump administration is trying their hardest to change policies in hopes that no one would notice. Thankfully there are people who are watching their every move and keeping the people updated on new changes. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the deferred action program please feel free to ask an immigration attorney.

Mercedes Riggs