Trump administration strikes down rule that migrants can avoid deportation while receiving medical care
According to a letter issued by immigration officials to families this month, the trump government has wiped out a protection that let immigrants to live in the country while their relatives receive life-saving medicals treatments or undergo other hardships. This inhuman decision has been widely criticized recently.
A native of Honduras, Mariela Sanchez has been turned down recently from the special exemption and was warned that denial would lead to death sentence of her 16-year-old child, Jonathan who suffers from cystic fibrosis. This disease which affects lungs has no cure. They are one among the many who settled in Boston and seeks care at nation’s various top hospitals. “In Boston alone, the decision could affect 20 families with children fighting cancer, HIV, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and other serious conditions,” said Anthony Marino, head of immigration legal services at the Irish International Immigrant Center, which represents the families. The only exception given is to soldiers and their families.
According to the spokeswoman applicants will be able to seek deportation deferrals from a different agency, Immigration Customs and Enforcement but this not mentioned in the letter that has been sent to these families. The letter sent has asked them to leave the country in 33 days or get deported. “Can anyone imagine the government ordering you to disconnect your child from life-saving care — to pull them from a hospital bed — knowing that it will cost them their lives?” Marino said.
The current administration is also planning to make many more policies such as denial of citizenship to babies born in America from foreign parents, ban asylums in the United sates – Mexico border “They’re not coming for a free ride. They’re coming to save their children,” said Joe Chabot, a director at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. “It’s bewildering.