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Undocumented Ann Arbor man receives medical deferment

Sarah Cwiek
Michigan Radio

An undocumented Ann Arbor man with serious health problems has received a medical deferment allowing him to stay in the United States, his lawyer says.

Abraham Navarrete-Morales is from Mexico. He received a kidney transplant last year, and needs costly medications to keep his body from rejecting the organ.

But in September, Navarrete-Morales’ private insurance cut him off because of his lack of legal status. That left him unable to afford those medications, and at risk of deportation.

His lawyer, Brad Thomson, says a request for a medical deferment for deportation had been pending for nearly a year. Finally, after repeated requests for action, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved Morales’ request, Thomson said late Thursday.

“No need to do a fundraiser for Abraham because now he can purchase insurance to get a CPAP machine and afford his medications!!!” Thomson said via email.

The deferment means that Navarrete-Morales receives temporary protection from deportation. He can also re-enroll in his health insurance, allowing him to afford his medications.

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