Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Immigrant Medical Care

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On August 7  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is ending the “deferred action” program. The deferred action program for immigrant medical care allows foreign nationals to legally work and receive health benefits for up to two years while they or their family members receive medical treatment. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a lawsuit in Boston federal court September 5 challenging the end of the deferred action program for immigrant medical care.

The ACLU called the administration’s move “unconscionable and illegal.” Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, said:

“The Trump administration is hellbent on causing as much suffering as possible for immigrant families. This attack on children and their families is inhumane and unlawful. We will not stand for it: The ACLU and our partners are in this fight until all immigrants are treated with compassion, humanity, and justice.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Irish International Immigrant, which helps families of immigrant children seeking medical care for severe illnesses. State attorney generals, doctors and immigration lawyers have also protested the end of the medical deferral requests program.

USCIS has announced it will continue processing deferral requests that were pending when the program was ended on August 7.

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