August 30, 2019

WBUR News: ICE Confirms The End Of Medical Deferrals; Mass. Delegation Urges Trump To Reconsider

After a week of confusion around a long-standing medical deferment program for immigrants with serious illnesses, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday made things clear: the program no longer exists.

ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer told WBUR in a statement that "ICE does not exercise discretion on a categorical basis to exempt entire groups of aliens from the immigration laws enacted by Congress."

Though ICE does have a process by which individuals can apply for a temporary reprieve from removal, people must first be ordered deported by the government in order to be eligible. Many of the immigrants applying for medical deferred action do so in an effort to secure permission to stay in the U.S. and avoid being thrust into deportation proceedings.  

Read the full article on the WBUR website here.

By:  Shannon Dooling
Source: WBUR News