Trump Administration Ends Program For Sick Immigrants, Activists Calling It ‘A Death Sentence’
President Donald Trump’s administration has ended a program that allowed seriously ill immigrants to remain in the United States while undergoing treatment. Activists are calling the move “a death sentence” for children receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses.
The program makes it legal for immigrants to stay in the country for two years if they can prove “extreme medical need.”
Immigrants receiving medical care in Massachusetts learned of change after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent them a letter telling them to leave the country or they would be deported in 33 days.
Critics see the work of White House immigration hard liner Stephen Miller.
USCIS recently made changes stripping certain immigrants getting medical treatment of deferred action. Here’s what the notice going out to these immigrants says: pic.twitter.com/8auJSSL4dN
— Steph Solis (@stephmsolis) August 26, 2019
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) said that the Trump administration was “terroriz[ing] sick kids with cancer,” who are trying to beat the disease.
A powerful call to action from @SenMarkey to ALL Americans to fight to save the critically ill patients whom this administration wants to deport to their deaths. Not now, not ever! pic.twitter.com/oAGKCvArli
— MIRA Coalition (@MIRACoalition) August 26, 2019
The ACLU in Massachusetts said that it will take legal action against Trump to stop the deportations.
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