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Feds Restore Protections For Undocumented Immigrants With Serious Illnesses

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ELISE AMENDOLA
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The Sanchez family came to the United States seeking treatment for Jonathan’s cystic fibrosis. Doctors and immigrant advocates said feds were unfairly ordering foreign-born children granted deferred action for treatment to return to their countries.";

The Trump administration reversed itself Thursday and said it will again allow immigrants who are facing serious illnesses to remain in the U.S. to get medical care without fear of deportation.

A month ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the long-standing policy protecting such immigrants, known as “medically deferred action,” would apply only to military members and their families.

The agency’s move sparked nationwide outrage by immigration advocates, who said the policy change was inhumane.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.