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August 31, 2019

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From KQED "the California Report"
Maria Isabel Bueso lives in the U.S. under "deferred action," a form of temporary humanitarian relief that is renewed every few years. Her condition, mucopolysaccharidosis type VI requires an intravenous infusion of medicine at a hospital in Oakland. "'Without the weekly treatment ...Bueso would die in six to 12 months,' said Dr. Paul Harmatz, a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Bueso's physician.

'It’s devastating,” said Harmatz, who led the clinical trial Bueso entered 16 years ago. “I would never even contemplate stopping enzyme therapy on a patient with this type of disease. It would be literally pulling the plug on a respirator.'"

"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
    to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
    and rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
    and saves the crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:15-18 

Are you surprised?  I'm not surprised.  Devastated, saddened, drained, infuriated.  I'm all of those things.  But I'm not surprised that the Administration's latest move  (done quietly and without advance warning/notice or comment period) to implement their white supremacist, racist agenda is to deport sick children who came to the U.S. for life-saving medical treatment. 

Maria Isabel Bueso is one of many who are in the United States receiving treatment that wouldn't be available elsewhere.  These families have received 33 days to leave.  This is essentially a death sentence handed down from an unfeeling and immoral judge, more concerned about fox news ratings, riling up the "base," and perpetuating the false choice and false narrative that it's "us" vs. "them."  Mercy and compassion are the farthest things from the individuals implementing this abhorrent policy.  
Take action by contacting your Member of Congress to demand that USCIS reverse this policy decision.  Check out the American Immigration Lawyers Association "take action" page.

Far too often we (or at least I know I do) mourn the sadness of the world and what is happening, but that doesn't translate to ACTION.  So, click on the link, find out how to call your member of congress, go to a meeting, write a letter, have your kids write letters.  Then make sure you're registered to vote.  And so are your friends and neighbors.  Make sure that you're working to make change happen, and that means electing candidates who will work to extend a welcome to immigrants, fulfilling the promise of America.
Parent of us all; we are paralyzed with grief over this, just one of many injustices and wrongdoings that bombard our world on a relentless basis.  Be with those who are facing deportation; comfort those families.  God please bolster our efforts, guide our work, give us words and shelter our spirits.  Amen
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