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USCIS To Start Processing Deferred Action

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume processing some deferred-action requests for migrants after backlash over its decision last month to not defer deportations for migrants and their family members who receive life-saving medical treatment.

The change means USCIS will revert to processes in place up until early August that allow for non-military deferred removal requests to be considered. The agency sparked backlash last month when it signaled it would force migrants who are facing serious medical issues to return to their home countries.

A spokesperson for USCIS had told The Hill late last month that the process allowing those migrants and their family members to avoid deportation would not end, but would be handled through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The spokesperson had said at the time that the change took effect in early August and provided exemptions for military families.

The initial move faced wide scrutiny, and the Trump administration previously said it was considering a reversal of its decision.

USCIS had previously been receiving about 1,000 deferred action requests annually, mostly due to family or medical reasons. Most were not approved. The AP noted that the correspondence made no mention of ICE taking over the program and ordered the immigrants to exit the U.S. in 33 days or face deportation.

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