Sick migrants will not be expelled from the United States

The Trump administration has reversed its plan to deport irregular migrants in the United States who were receiving heavy treatment and their families. This decision had provoked a wave of protests in the country.

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The Trump administration has reversed its plan to deport irregular migrants in the United States who were receiving heavy treatment and their families. This decision had provoked a wave of protests in the country.

Migrants who receive heavy medical treatment in the United States will not be deported. For the moment, anyway. The immigration authorities (USCIS) told the New York Times that they were reversing their decision.

Last week, the Associated Press revealed the existence of letters sent by USCIS to people who benefited from this protection and wished to renew their application. They were told that they had 33 days to leave the country. A new offensive, while the Trump administration is multiplying its efforts against legal and illegal immigration.

 

A thousand files per year

This program prevents deportation of migrants treated in the United States for life-threatening diseases, as well as their families. No deportation proceedings have been initiated against those who received this letter, immigration officials told the New York Times. The agency took “immediate steps to reopen the pending files. »

It is not clear, however, that the program will be sustained: the agency has not specified whether it intends to investigate new cases in the coming weeks. Limiting the program is “legitimate,” she added, announcing that a decision would be released later. The immigration authorities receive about a thousand cases a year on this type of case, most of which are rejected.

 

“Death penalty”

The American daily quoted the example last week of a 24-year-old Guatemalan girl being treated in the United States for a rare genetic disease. She had participated in several research studies on the subject and one of the drugs tested on her was finally approved. Since then, she had received this treatment in California but was at risk of being deported with this new policy. His doctor then stepped up to the plate, claiming that this decision amounted to a “death penalty”, as treatment was not available in his country.

Congress also invited her to testify. Democrat Ayanna Pressley wants to hold hearings on the subject in the House of Representatives. “Beyond cruelty, what is disturbing, in this case, is the lack of transparency of procedures,” she said last week.

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