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Protection for life-saving medical treatment status ended

September 4, 2019
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor;

The Trump Administration has eliminated a protection that lets immigrants remain in the country while their children receive life-saving medical treatments. This affects families with children fighting cancer, HIV, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and other life-threatening conditions. Families have notified that their legal status has been terminated and been given 33 days to leave the country.

A Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman said the policy change was effective Aug. 7.

This is a literal death sentence. It is the most aggressive act the Trump Administration has taken so far. This is an act committed in our name -- in the name of the United States -- a nation once possessed of high ideals, honor and compassion. It is time to speak out and contact our elected representatives. Regardless of one's opinion on immigration, it is a step too far to command that sick children be deported to certain death. Congress can act to prevent this.

Susan McGuire

On behalf of Pine Island ROAR

(Rise Up, Organize, Activate, Resist)

St. James City

 
 

 

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