Facing Criticism Over Deportations, U.S. to Look Again at Some Deferral Requests

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The Trump administration, facing criticism over deportations from lawmakers and civil rights groups, said on Monday it would reopen consideration of some deferral requests for compelling circumstances such as medical conditions.

In August, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) said it was “no longer entertaining” such requests from people outside the U.S. military, but on Monday said it would reopen and complete cases that were pending on Aug. 7, the day the new policy took effect.

The agency said it still believed it was appropriate to hand over responsibility for such work to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), enabling its own staff to focus more efficiently on other legal immigration applications.

Nearly 130 Democratic U.S. senators and members of Congress last week sent a letter Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Ken Cuccinelli, director of USCIS, protesting what they called a “cruel” and “inhumane” move.

“Individuals requesting deferred action from USCIS are among the most vulnerable. Children and families submit such requests due to severe medical conditions like cancer, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis,” the lawmakers wrote. “In many cases, the treatments are life-saving.”

They said letters sent out by USCIS in early August summarily denying the requests gave people 33 days to leave the country, and said they face forcible removal and denial of future visas if they did not comply.

The decision caused fear and confusion, the lawmakers said, warning it could force people to return to countries where lack of necessary medical care threatened their lives. They asked DHS, USCIS and ICE to answer a list of 14 detailed questions about the policy shift.

The agency sent out letters in early August informing those who had requested deferred action about the new policy, but providing few details on how to submit requests with ICE.

Deferred action is a discretionary determination to temporarily postpone the removal from the United States of a person who is illegally present, and occurs on a case-by-case basis, factoring in medical conditions and other circumstances.

USCIS said those denied requests that were pending on Aug. 7 did not have removal orders pending, and had not been targeted for deportation.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Glenn Botts

Deport all illegals. No exemptions, no amnesty, EVER!


They should be deferred right over the fence with a catapult.


General: Per the mother of the family I met in the waiting room of the ER the facility where they were processed was at least 10xs better than conditions back home in San Salvador and that’s the capital city. I can only imagine what the sticks are like.

My point: Conditions are not as hellish as most of the media and liberal idealogs would have us believe. Things happen, yes. Sad, yes. But given the numbers inevitable.


To add to what Morte said, I had a policy which ‘covered’ my mom for assisted living or nursing home care, but the criteria was that she had to meet three out of five standards and mom only met two because someone decided that since she was not diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the docs could not pinpoint what was causing her obvious dementia, that that did not count, so I was paying $4900 per month. Was I supposed to hope mom got worse to meet the parameters? Now I’m supposed to pay for an illegal who arrives so they can… Read more »

Allen Zabel

We can’t deport an illegal, because they might otherwise, do everything legal.
Now, supposing we used that argument for gun control?
Illegals should not all be lumped together, because of a few hardened criminals.
While I, should give up my rights, because of some criminal?
I guess, that this makes sense, in the land of rainbows and unicorns.
But, in reality …?.
Just sayin’

Edward Conley
Edward Conley

So I’m really curious why it is that people from other countrys are being welcomed with open arms they have serious medical conditions while US born citizens are going with out. Can anyone explain how that is even close to being fair z/


I can’t get help with my mom, not even 4 hours a week, but it’s nice to know that an illegal with an incredibly expensive medical condition ( that mom and other taxpayers are, most likely, footing) will get all the help they need to stay here and continuing suckling at the taxpayer teat.

I know I sound bitter but exhaustion, physical and mental, is playing a huge part in this post.





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