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Without any warning, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) abruptly ended a program that allowed critically ill children from other countries to come to the United States to get medical treatmentthat isn't available in their own countries. Democrats and immigrant advocacy groups are fighting back, but they seem to be more interested in slamming the Trump administration than in actually helping the children.

USCIS announced the termination of this program in form lettersit sent to 424aliens who had requested an extension of their deferred action status to continue their treatment in the United States. The letters informed them that USCIS no longer considers such applications, except from certain military members; and, therefore, that their requests had been denied.

USCIS didn't even give them time to make other arrangements. The letter informed that if they did not leave the United States within 33 days, they would be subject to deportation.

One of the recipients was Maria "Isabel" Bueso, a 24-year-old woman who was 7 when she came to the United States from Guatemala. American doctors needed more subjects for clinical trials on a treatment for a rare genetic disease she has, Mucopolysaccharidosis VI. The treatment her participation helped to develop extends the life spans of children who have that disease.

According to her doctor, she will die if she is returned to Guatemala. The medical care she needs is not available there.

Isabel and other program participants need more than a restoration of the temporary deferments the program provided — they have to continue their medical treatments for the rest of their lives, and it may never become available in their own countries.

But the political response has not been entirely heartening.

Read more at https://thehill.com/opinion/immigrat...-hurting-trump

Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him on Twitter @NolanR1