Hours before passing, Cummings signed immigration subpoenas
Hours before his passing, staffers drove the subpoenas to Baltimore for Cummings' signature, said a Democratic committee aide. "Chairman Cummings felt so strongly about the children, that he was going to fight until the end," said the aide. Cummings' office announced the death of the veteran Maryland Democratic lawmaker on Thursday morning. "The Committee has tried for more than a month to obtain this information voluntarily, but USCIS and ICE have obstructed the investigation," wrote Cummings. The subpoenas signed by Cummings on Wednesday request records related to the decision to end deferred action, including emails, memoranda, and guidance "discussing the rationale and transition process for the deferred action policy change."
Immigration agency dodges questions on controversial policy change
The repeated denials to provide answers drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers, who have expressed outrage over the policy change. The move by USCIS sparked immediate backlash, as undocumented families and lawyers scrambled to obtain answers on the abrupt change in policy. When repeatedly pressed over why the policy change happened to begin with, Renaud declined to answer, citing advice from counsel. Since the policy change, USCIS has said it will re-open some pending cases of those applying for the relief. "I take counsel from the DHS general counsel," Renaud said.
Civil rights groups file lawsuit over deportation rule change
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the Trump administration from ending a deportation relief policy that allowed some undocumented families with serious medical conditions to remain in the United States while they received medical care. The lawsuit argues that the "abrupt termination of a longstanding government program" was illegal and "unconscionable." USCIS also said Immigration and Customs Enforcement would now be responsible for deciding nonmilitary issues that "warrant deferred action." USCIS received around 1,000 nonmilitary deferred action requests per year, most of which were not approved, according to the agency. Rather, it requires that someone go through immigration proceedings, receive an order of deportation, and then request reprieve from ICE.
Immigrant teen patient at Boston Children's Hospital could be deported
Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Sanchez is battling cystic fibrosis, and needs the help of a vibrating vest, nebulizer and special medication to stay alive. His family came to the United States legally from Honduras in 2016. BOSTON - A sudden policy change by President Donald Trump's administration means hundreds of sick immigrant kids could be deported, including many patients at Boston Children's Hospital. Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Sanchez is battling cystic fibrosis, and needs the help of a vibrating vest, nebulizer and special medication to stay alive. His family came to the United States legally from Honduras in 2016.
Immigrant children with life-threatening illnesses facing possible deportation
Boston Due to a change in policy by the Trump administration, hundreds of immigrant children receiving medical care in the U.S. are facing possible deportation. The children are in the country legally and many suffer from serious diseases, including cancer. But, this week they received a denial notice, giving them 30 days to leave the country or face deportation. But this week, his family received a notice, giving them 33 days to leave the country or face deportation. Citizenship and Immigration Services changed the medical deferment program, leaving hundreds of immigrant children in limbo.cbsnews.com