Sunday, December 05, 2010

Ailing 9 year old Lebanese boy claims deportation could kill him #hcr #tcot #news

While I empathize with the plight of this young boy and his family, I am not sure why they have waited so long to try and get citizenship through the naturalization process rather than seeking asylum after staying in the US even after their passports were taken by Department of Homeland Security,DHS. If DHS wanted to deport them why didn't they do it when they took their passports when their visas expired in 2008?

In November 2010, the courts once again denied them asylum after a judge denied it in 2009. Yet they still have not been deported. The US does not offer asylum for health reasons, but since asylum is usually granted for immigrants avoiding oppression or harm in their own country it is not likely they will get asylum. However, it makes you wonder how Obama's aunt was granted asylum from returning to Kenya, saying she would be endangered if she returned there, yet she would probably be seen as a celebrity because she is related to Obama.

I guess what I don't understand is why they don't try and become naturalized citizens? They have already wasted four years living in the US illegally, where they could have been applying for citizenship instead. In the end, if they are deported, though unlikely with the current DHS and the Obama administration pushing for the DREAM Act, I hope he finds the medical care he needs and is able to continue his treatments to prevent his condition from causing him physical harm or death. Otherwise, perhaps his parents can apply for college or the military and if the DREAM Act Amnesty program passes they can continue to stay here. But, then again they can probably continue to live here illegally as long as they don't commit any violent crimes because the Obama administration do not appear concerned about those who come into our country illegally regardless of the reason.

Omar Audi cannot go more than three days without the medicine that keeps him alive.

But in 20 days, unless his Lebanese family wins a legal reprieve, the Homeland Security Department can seek to deport the Audis.

"I'll puff up and be sick," the shy boy of 9 told The Post. "I'll be red. My eyes start to be big."

Omar has hereditary angioedema, a rare genetic disorder that causes swelling throughout his body, including his windpipe. He was diagnosed in 2007 at Mount Sinai Hospital, when he suffered an attack while his family was visiting New York City from their native Lebanon.

SICKENING:  Omar Audi, 9, holds a picture of what he looks like when he suffers from the ravaging -- and potentially deadly -- effects of hereditary angioedema.
Helayne Seidman
SICKENING: Omar Audi, 9, holds a picture of what he looks like when he suffers from the ravaging -- and potentially deadly -- effects of hereditary angioedema.

An immigration panel Nov. 24 refused to overturn a judge's 2009 ruling which denied their request for asylum.

The family has 30 days to appeal the ruling or to take its case to federal court. They are scrambling to find a lawyer they can afford.

Doctors in Lebanon had always said Omar's symptoms were nothing more than allergies, but Mount Sinai Dr. Paula Busse happens to be one of the few experts in Omar's disorder, hereditary angioedema or HAE. Busse got Omar enrolled in a clinical trial of an experimental medicine that was approved by the FDA in 2008.

Busse told The Post that returning to Lebanon could be deadly for Omar.

"Its very possible he would die," she said. "With HAE they can get airway swelling so he could die from asphyxiation."

Those with HAE lack a protein called C1-inhibitor that helps control swelling. Less than 10,000 people are thought to have the disorder in the U.S.

A nurse visits the family's Queens apartment every three days to give the fourth-grader an intravenous infusion of the drug Cinryze, which acts as replacement for the missing protein. It is provided through the drug company's program for indigent patients.

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Deportation could kill ailing boy, 9 -

In the end, I think our immigration laws must be enforced to keep our citizens protected and to keep medical care, education and other program costs low. Once you start opening the borders to those who come here illegally for education, then military service it could open the door to extending citizenship to those who need life-saving medical care.

Our country is in the worst economic situation since the Great Depression, we are now up to 9.8% unemployment and likely much higher if you account for those who stopped seeking work or those who were self-employed who have lost their jobs, such as contractors.

According to the Center for Immigration studies, if the DREAM Act passes, it will cost the US another 6.2 Billion, in money we don't have to spend to help fund college tuition for students whose parents came into the US illegally. In result, the DREAM Act will eventually lead to increased tuition for all in order to sustain the program and make getting an education and a job more difficult for millions of Americans who are already out of work. In addition, the increase in immigrants without medical care will increase, causing the already rising cost of medical care to increase in order for hospitals to provide ER treatment to more uninsured immigrants. Is this the American dream you want for your family??

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