Originally published April 3 2015
US govt. denied medical visa to Mexican teen needing organ transplants, offers free rides for illegal immigrants
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) There are consequences when presidents break or ignore statutory law because it is politically expedient. There is also gross hypocrisy: Just ask Jose Chua Lopez.
Lopez, a 20-year-old from Mexico, was born with a heart defect. He has needed a heart and liver transplant for some time now. Friends and relatives have raised the funds needed to send him to the Mayo Clinic to have the operation. His doctors south of the border say his life is in danger.
But the Obama administration has twice denied him a visa to enter the U.S. - even though his father is a resident of Arizona, and even though the Obama administration is set to provide taxpayer-funded assistance and transportation for potentially millions of aliens who entered the country illegally.
"They denied me the visa and my world has fallen down," Chua told The Associated Press. "This needs to be fixed quickly."
His mother, Myra Lopez Martinez, told the AP that her son had an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in early April, but in late March his second visa application was rejected by the State Department, which summarily declined an AP request for comment, citing confidentiality rules.
"Our team is looking into it," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "So we'll see if there's more information they can provide."
Maybe Chua should have just sneaked into the U.S.Chua had a U.S. visa until he was 15 years old; it expired then, and his family did not renew it because they had no money to pay for more trips to the U.S.
At the same time, as reported by The Daily Caller:
Potentially millions of current and former illegal immigrants now have the opportunity to fly their children to the U.S. with taxpayer dollars.
Once they arrive, they will be eligible for benefits including a free education, healthcare and food stamps.
The State Department and Department of Homeland Security will administer the program, which is a response to the flood of Central American children making dangerous journeys to illegally cross the U.S. southern border.
The website further reported that any permanent resident, parolee or illegal immigrant who has been granted, via Obama's executive action, a work permit or deferred deportation and who has children who are under 21 years old living in Honduras, Guatamala or El Salvador, can apply for the program.
Upon approval the children will be given a special refugee status and then flown into the United States, where they will get "resettlement assistance" and then become eligible for more taxpayer-funded benefits.
In addition, if the child has any children under 21, they, too, can come, as well as any parent of the child who is married to the applicant.
Just some of the taxpayer benefits they will receive are a free education, food stamps, living assistance and, of course, medical care.
Chua waitsMeanwhile, Chua - who had raised the money to take care of his own operation and travel expenses - sits in Mexico.
He has an advocate, however. U.S.-based Consejo de Latinos Unidos, which helps uninsured people secure medical care, has lent its assistance. Kevin Forbes, the director of the organization, told the AP that Chua's case was mishandled at the northern Mexico city of Hermosillo, where Chua lives. He said that consulate officials there processed Chua's application as one for a tourist visa; they should have advised the young man to apply for a humanitarian visa. They then failed to respond to queries about his status for weeks.
"We have dealt with around two dozen similar international cases," Forbes told the AP. "They have never denied us a visa. It's the first time this has happened."
Editor's note: On March 26, reports noted that the State Department finally granted Chua a humanitarian visa; however, now he faces a long wait for potential donors. See one report here.
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