For Nestor Marchi, originally from Brazil, an annual check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has turned into a matter of life or death. The 59-year-old has legally resided in the U.S. after being issued a work permit several years ago from the Department of Homeland Security. However, a condition for the permit was that Marchi would have to make annual check-ins with ICE to renew his work permit. For Marchi, who suffers from diabetes and a heart condition, access to U.S. healthcare is critical to his survival.
Unfortunately, on March 10, Marchi was informed that he had until June 15th to leave the country.
Nestor, who came to the U.S. to give his family a better life, told the Triad City Beat, “It’s unbelievable how good this country is to us. Because of the advances of medicine here, I paid for it, but I was able to stay alive.” Nestor has already purchased a ticket to return to Brazil.
As FOX 8 reported, Marchi’s family members fear that Brazil’s healthcare system will not be able to meet Marchi’s medical demands, which could leave him without healthcare for more than a year. Rose Snead, a friend of Marchi’s, told Triad City Beat, “He’s fighting to be alive. Every three or four months, he goes to Florida to be treated. If he goes to Brazil, it’s a death sentence.”
For now, Marchi’s attorney, Jeremey McKinney, is working to keep him in the country long enough to arrange proper medical care for him, FOX 8 reported. Despite the struggle, Marchi, whose criminal record involves only minor traffic violations, remains optimistic about that if his case were reevaluated, he might be able to remain in the U.S.
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