Trump Admin Reconsiders Deporting Immigrants Who Need Lifesaving Medical Care

Immigration activists and clergy members participate in a silent prayer walk in protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in New Yor... Immigration activists and clergy members participate in a silent prayer walk in protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 3, 2019 8:15 a.m.

The Trump administration is slightly backing off of a new rule announced last month that would force immigrants who are in need of lifesaving medical care to return home or risk deportation, the New York Times reported.

Early last month U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services cut out one of its “deferred action” services that at least halts deportation proceedings while an undocumented immigrant or their kin receive medical care for life threatening illnesses or injuries. Those who have been avoiding deportation under the program received notice on August 7 that they had to leave the country within 33 days or they’d be deported.

The agency told the Times in a statement on Monday that it was taking a step back and would at least “complete the caseload that was pending on August 7.” It is unclear if  the program will remain cut moving forward.

“Whether a very limited version of deferred action will continue forward at U.S.C.I.S. is still under review. More information will be forthcoming,” an agency official told the Times when the newspaper asked for clarification.

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