The Trump administration has ended a policy that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States and avoid deportation if they are receiving life-saving medical treatments, in a change that advocates have criticised as inhumane.
The policy change, which also takes away protections for immigrants whose family members are receiving life-saving care, was announced this month in letters sent to families informing them of their new standing.
Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat and frequent critic of the president, said that the rule is unprecedented, even for an administration that has come to be known for its harsh and relentless approach to immigration.
“This is a new low,” Mr Markey said. “Donald Trump is literally deporting kids with cancer.”
“He would be dead,” said Mariela Sanchez, a mother from Honduras who has applied for special exemption for her 16-year-old son Jonathan, who has cystic fibrosis. Ms Sanchez was interviewed by the Associated Press.