ICE To Decide on Suspending Deportations of Immigrants Who Are Seriously Ill
Immigration and Customs Enforcement to review requests
Immigration and Customs Enforcement are to begin reviewing illegal immigrant's requests to avoid deportation because they are seriously ill or dealing with severe financial hardship, reports say.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is tasked with requests for permission to immigrate, mailed letters to an unspecified number of people informing them their "deferred action" — a decision made by a judge to halt deportation due to medical or financial hardship, would end in 33 days.
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesperson wrote in a statement:
"USCIS field offices will no longer consider non-military requests for deferred action, to instead focus agency resources on faithfully administering our nation's lawful immigration system."
All recipients, including those receiving treatment for terminal illnesses, would have to leave the United States by that time or risk being deported by ICE.
The official said current and potential recipients now need to apply with ICE for protections.
"I’d like to underscore that this does not mean the end of deferred action. Instead, USCIS is deferring to ICE," the official wrote.
"As deferred action is a type of prosecutorial discretion used to delay removal from the United States, USCIS will defer to the DHS component agency responsible for removing individuals from the United States to make most non-DACA, non-military deferred action determinations."
ICE will now take on the process because "deferred action is a law enforcement tool used to delay removal from the United States," the official said.
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According to The Washington Examiner: The change went into effect Aug. 7. It will affect those with pending renewal requests, as well as all new applications for the two-year protection.
The only classes of people who will not be kicked off are those who served in the U.S. military or their family members.
Approximately 1,000 people apply each year for this medical or financial protection, though U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said "the majority of them" are not approved, making it challenging to know how many people will be hit by the change.
Those who are granted deferred action also have access to Medicaid and can gain permission to work while in the country legally.
The agency did not publicly declare the move.
Instead, the Homeland Security agency told its local field offices to contact people on a case by case basis and alert them of the change; the American Immigration Lawyers Association wrote in a post last week.
The change does not affect the predicted 800,000 people who received protection from deportation under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was created through executive action under former President Barack Obama.