- The United States federal government is putting an end to the "medical-deferred action programme"
- This programme allowed undocumented immigrants to live, work and receive public healthcare in the USA while their children received medical treatment
- Advocacy groups say this change in policy will put lives at risk
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An advocacy group for immigrants claims that the United States government is deporting foreign-born children in need of medical treatment.
This comes as federal authorities have put a stop to the "medical deferred action" programme.
This programme allowed immigrant families to remain and work in the United States legally while their children received healthcare.
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This makes for a break with past policy, which made allowances for immigrant children to stay in America if deporting them would put their life at risk due to medical issues, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The Trump administration's policy toward illegal immigration has long been controversial, with its critics calling it overly-harsh, according to Vanity Fair.
Indeed, the federal government has been accused of separating children from their parents, housing people for days or weeks without giving them access to a shower, as well as keeping immigrants in facilities resembling cages (although immigrants were housed in similar conditions under the Obama administration as well, the New York Times reports, indicating that this policy predates Trump).
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According to the new regulations, families who were living in the United States under this "deferred medical action" programme have 33 days in which to leave the country, according to MSNBC.
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