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The sacrifice of patients such as Maria Isabel Bueso Barrera help provide families with hope. They deserve our heartfelt gratitude, not a deportation notice, writes Paul Harmatz

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks with Maria Isabel Bueso after her testimony about her medical care at a hearing on the Trump administration's changes to Medical Deferred Action policies for critically ill children. More photos of the day: 📷 Jonathan Ernst

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The sacrifice of patients such as Maria Isabel Bueso Barrera help provide families with hope. They deserve our heartfelt gratitude, not a deportation notice, writes Paul Harmatz

Live now on @maddow : Maria Isabel Bueso, who just testified before Congress about the Trump administration’s move to deport critically ill immigrants. Bueso came from Guatemala as a child to participate in a study that led to a life-saving treatment for her rare disease.

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Maria Isabel Bueso’s story inspired countless Americans to speak out for immigrants like herself who benefit from medically deferred action, a humanitarian initiative that is literally life-saving. It was my pleasure to welcome her to the U.S. Capitol today.

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I used to push back against those who said that, with Trump administration immigration policy, the cruelty is the point. I can no longer do so. In Guatemala, Maria Isabel Bueso would die quickly for lack of cutting-edge treatments: Farida Jhabvala ...

Maria Isabel Bueso has been receiving medical treatment in the US that keeps her alive, but now she’s facing deportation.

It’s not good enough to reconsider SOME #MedicalDeferredAction  cases. We must continue to demand that this admin reverse this cruel policy in full so that immigrants like Maria Isabel Bueso can continue to get the care they desperately need. #SaveIsabel 

Maria Isabel Bueso, who goes by Isabel, has an extremely rare condition known as Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome that confines her to a wheelchair and requires that she use a medical device to breathe. She currently relies on weekly treatments at the hospital.

“In 30-some years as an immigration lawyer, I have not seen a more compelling justification for a private bill than the way the administration has treated Maria ‘Isabel’ Bueso.” - @NolanR1  We couldn’t agree more. #SaveIsabel 

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“I have been feeling super scared and overwhelmed," said Maria Isabel Bueso, who came to the U.S. as a child for treatment of a rare genetic disease. "The treatment that I receive keeps me alive.” She must soon leave the country or face deportation.

For many immigrants in U.S., incl the Bay Area's Maria Isabel Bueso, medical deferred action has been the difference btwn life & death. Now, Trump Admin will deport families benefiting from this humanitarian relief. This immoral decision must be reversed.

“I have been feeling super scared and overwhelmed," said Maria Isabel Bueso, who came to the U.S. as a child for treatment of a rare genetic disease. "The treatment that I receive keeps me alive.” She must soon leave the country or face deportation.

“I have been feeling super scared and overwhelmed," said Maria Isabel Bueso, who came to the U.S. as a child for treatment of a rare genetic disease. "The treatment that I receive keeps me alive.” She must soon leave the country or face deportation.

Maria Isabel Bueso, from Guatemala, has a rare genetic disease. She's been receiving treatment in the U.S. for 16 years. But the Trump administration eliminated a program that has allowed her to stay. In her case, deportation is a "death sentence."

Maria Isabel Bueso, from Guatemala, has a rare genetic disease. She's been receiving treatment in the U.S. for 16 years. But the Trump administration eliminated a program that has allowed her to stay. In her case, deportation is a "death sentence."

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