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The Trump Deportation Machine Has Now Turned Its Sights On the Sick

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Next they came for the sick.

The Trump administration's war on immigrants--particularly those with brown skin--took another twisted turn this week when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent letters to scores of immigrants, stating it will no longer consider deportation deferrals for those suffering from serious medical conditions like cancer and HIV.

That decision will now rest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); i.e., Trump's deportation force.

The "medical deferred action" program allows immigrants--many of whom entered the United States via visas--to remain in the country for two additional years to receive medical treatment so long as they are able to prove extreme medical exigencies.

Immigrant families have been given until mid-September to leave the country.

Massachusetts Sen. Markey called the policy change one of "the most inhumane of Donald Trump's policies," asserting that for many, these deportations would be "the equivalent of a death sentence."

He added:

"We are here to raise our voices about this inhumane policy which Donald Trump has propounded in the name of the American people. It is unconscionable, it is wrong, and we are here to say that we will fight. We have gathered many times in the last 2 1/2 years since Donald Trump was inauguratedmany times, these same groups have come together. We have now reached the bottom, thoughthe most inhumane of all of Donald Trump's policies are the ones we are here to speak about today."

The Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) represents families of children ill enough to have been allowed to stay in the country for medical treatment.

IIIC Executive Director, Ronnie Millar, commented:

"Just when you think the administration can't sink any lower, it finds a new way to torture immigrant children and families. These families are all here receiving treatment that is unavailable in their home countries, and our government has issued them a death sentence."

IIIC Director of Immigration Legal Services, Anthony Marino, said:

"The denials say specifically that the immigration service is just no longer considering deferring action at all in these cases, which would be a first in decades. The government ordered the children and their families to leave and threatened deportation against any who didn't. Can anyone imagine as a parent the government ordering you to disconnect your child from life-saving care, pull them from a hospital bed, and take them away, knowing it will cost their lives?"

Marino explained many of IIIC's clients are families whose children are suffering from cancer, cystic fibrosis, HIV, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and epilepsy.

Urging the administration to reconsider, Marino added:

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Many consider me to be heartless. That is a charge I don't deny. I am also brave enough to state my opinion on so called touchy subjects. I can support this new policy providing that the recipients of the health care are paying for that care. We as a country can ill afford to pay for everyone's health care. We have citizens who can't afford to pay for their own care and who often have to seek out donations from the public on platforms like Go Fund Me, or go on welfare. If the immigrants can't pay that is not the responsibility of the American taxpayers.

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Many consider me to be heartless. That is a charge I don't deny. I am also brave enough to state my opinion on so called touchy subjects. I can support this new policy providing that the recipients of the health care are paying for that care. We as a country can ill afford to pay for everyone's health care. We have citizens who can't afford to pay for their own care and who often have to seek out donations from the public on platforms like Go Fund Me, or go on welfare. If the immigrants can't pay that is not the responsibility of the American taxpayers.

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The Trump-heads don't consider that their being essential terrorists or terrorism supporters, turns people with traces or more of human empathy against their policies.

Then...doesn't official terrorism and killing (death penalty, cop shootings, US bombing, torture in prisons, toxic chems, etc.) plant the idea in the heads of certain people that killing is an approved Beneficial Problem Solving Tool?

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Mercy. A new first for me - being called/labeled a terrorist. Don't believe that I am feeling honored by that label, but none the less. Life goes on.


This forum is the last place I would expect to find wholesale support for many of my beliefs or positions. We do have to be practical in our approach to all of the issues we are facing in life. Suffice to say, we have to decide what issues are more important to us as a society. I do challenge you to produce even one American citizen who would relinquish an opportunity to receive health care in favor of an immigrant who needs care at the expense of the American taxpayers. The desire for survival is much stronger than humanitarian leanings.


You start to paint with a very broad brush in your second paragraph. The death penalty has its place in our society. It may have some flaws, but it is part of our judicial system. Cop shootings are inevitable in our current society. Cops have every right to be proactive and to defend themselves. The last thing we need are cops who have their hands tied. US bombings are necessary to further the interests of our country.

Since the beginning of time, war has killed and maimed millions of people. Not nice, but a fact of life.


From your comments, you seem to want a Utopian life for everyone. That's a nice goal to strive for. It is not going to be possible, but carry on. People like you have been striving for that for hundreds of years. Damn little progress has been made, but carry on.

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