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An Undocumented Man Was Denied A Lifesaving Heart Transplant Because Of His Status

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Jose Robles, a 42-year-old father of three, is in desperate need of a heart transplant. However,  the organ bank denied him because he’s undocumented.

CREDIT: Facebook/Mabel Chavez

“My cousin was denied a heart transplant because of his legal status,” Mabel Chavez wrote on Facebook. “He is a father to three beautiful children. My family and I are broken and cannot fathom how a piece of paper can stop someone from receiving the proper care. He was given 4 weeks to 1 year to live. Right now we are trying to spread awareness and are in search for any information. If you have experience with situations like this, or know anyone who does please let us know. Most importantly keep my cousin and our family in your prayers. Thank you.”

His daughter, Jasmine, went on Twitter to plead for help, and her tweet has gone viral.

Her tweet has been retweeted more than 200,000 times, and the family has since started a GoFundme page for Jose. Their goal is to reach $800,000. So far, however, less than $10,000 has been raised.

Jasmine was asked on Twitter if her family was in need of an “immigration sponsor, a donor, money, or all three.” Jasmine responded by saying they need all three.

According to their GoFundme page, his undocumented status seems to be his biggest setback.

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“In the last few days we have been seeking legal help in this situation,” Mabel writes on Gofundme. “As many have pointed out, the organ donor website states that non-residents can receive an organ in the U.S. However, according to the doctor, the organ bank that the hospital contacted denied Jose from being put on the list because there is a preference for legal U.S. residents. The doctors team has been calling many organ banks but every single one they’ve called has deemed Jose ineligible based on his citizenship status. The doctor even expressed shock seeing as this is happening in California of all states. It’s an infuriating situation as this is clearly a violation of the organ donor registry’s own terms. As of today, that is what I know but I am still trying to get every detail on this specific point and will update it soon for all of you.”

The response to her tweet has been overwhelming.

CREDIT: Facebook/Mabel Chavez

We have reached out to Jasmine for a comment and will update this story when we hear back.

READ: People Are Turning To Twitter To Express How They Feel About The 23-Year-Old Who Was Taken By ICE

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A Family Hugged Goodbye As The Father Was Deported To Mexico After 30 Years In The U.S.

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A Family Hugged Goodbye As The Father Was Deported To Mexico After 30 Years In The U.S.

The Garcia Family says goodbye

The long fight to keep the Garcia family together ended early this morning at Detroit Metro Airport. Jorge kissed his wife and children goodbye before boarding a plane to Mexico. Although he was brought to Michigan when he was just 10, Jorge was 2 years too old to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects many other undocumented immigrants in his position. Rather than wait to see what reforms are made, Immigration officials came into work on a national holiday to take Jorge away from his family.

Cindy, his wife, has sworn to keep fighting to reunite the family as soon as possible.

Posted by Michigan United on Monday, January 15, 2018

While Trump praised Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, a father has been deported back to Mexico.

Jorge Garcia, 39, has been in the U.S. since he was 10 years old. At the time, his parents had already immigrated to the U.S. and he was brought by his undocumented aunt, according to Detroit Free Press. Despite being brought to the U.S. as a child, Jorge is two years too old to benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On MLK Day, Jorge was deported back to Mexico, leaving behind his wife Cindy and his two children. The video above shows the heartbreaking goodbye as Jorge embraces his family before being placed on an airplane bound for Mexico.

Jorge was first faced with deportation orders in 2005 when an attorney misfiled paperwork adjusting his status after marrying Cindy. Jorge has been checking in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regularly since that year and the family has spent $125,000 on legal fees to adjust Jorge’s status. The family and activists working on the case blame the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown for the deportation.

“It’s a nightmare, coming to life,” Cindy told Detroit Free Press. “You have no choice but to face it head-on, and accept what is being thrown at you. Because there is nothing else that you can do.”

Jorge has been barred from entering the U.S. for ten years, but Cindy and immigration activists with Michigan United are fighting to get him back sooner.

(H/T: Detroit Free Press)

READ: Seven DREAMers Are At Risk For Deportation After Being Arrested And Are Refusing To Hand Over Their Names And Fingerprints

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