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US immigration law changes might adversely affect people's health

Many immigrants living in Florida and elsewhere throughout the United States came to this country to seek medical attention for themselves, their children or other immediate family members. In the past, such people could apply for deferred action status based on medical need. That will no longer be possible for many people due to recent U.S. immigration law changes.

The new policies state that only military families may file applications for deferment based on medical need. Many immigrant advocates are upset, saying the U.S. government should review each family's situation case by case. Instead, the new policies reportedly issue a blanket denial of all nonmilitary applications regarding needed medical treatment in the United States.

One woman, whose son is 5 years old and was born with a short bowel, says the U.S. government has ordered her family and people in similar situations to return to their countries of origin. Government officials have stated that the policy changes were made so the government can refocus its efforts on other immigration matters. However, many immigrant families with members who suffer from serious illnesses and diseases like cancer or cerebral palsy will no longer be protected from removal. If they remain in the United States to continue seeking medical care, they could encounter serious legal challenges.

Many people in Florida and elsewhere will be directly affected by recent U.S. immigration law changes. Anyone with questions or concerns can request a meeting with an experienced legal team. An attorney with a background in immigration and naturalization issues can help a concerned client explore whatever options might be available to his or her family.

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