Man deported and battling cancer asks to be let back into US

A man who was deported to Mexico last month is asking to be let back into the United States. His family here says he has stage four cancer and now they are asking the government to let him die with his family by his side.

Ramon Islas is dying of cancer in Mexico, there's no question about that, but the question now is should the Obama administration let Ramon back into the United States to die with his family by his side.

"Give him that opportunity to be with his family, this is a life or death matter," said Kathy Gonzalez, Islas's wife. Ramon's wife is a U.S. citizen and spoke in front of the ICE offices in Phoenix. She claims Ramon was granted medical parole, but ICE agents mistakenly deported him. "The permission that he had hadn't even expired, he had a humanitarian parole in place and he was doing the right thing."

Islas was told despite his humanitarian parole that he was "now a priority for deportation given President Obama's announcement of November 20." Arizona court records show Ramon was convicted of Burglary in 2002 and aggravated assault in 2005. President Obama in November announced via an executive order that ICE would only prioritize deportations of criminal undocumented immigrants.

Islas said he is planning to present himself at the Nogales Port of Entry, and will ask agents to let him back into the country. He says the U.S. is his home since being born in Mexico in 1968 and his family taking him into the United States. His family hopes he will be granted entry for humanitarian reasons. "I feel like they ripped a part of my life away, and it's very painful," said Gonzalez.

Ramon's stage four cancer is widespread, his doctors say his only hope is to receive medical treatment here in the U.S., and that not letting him back in is a death sentence. "The doctor told him this is just to prolong your life, and with him not getting treatments it's just like killing him," she said.

According to the website hosting a petition for Ramon, it says he is receiving treatment in Hermosillo, 4 hours from his current home in Nogales, Sonora, but he can only receive chemotherapy treatments once every six months as opposed to a bi-weekly chemo treatment his supporters say he would get in the United States.

His family has setup an online petition calling for DHS and President Obama to grant him entry to the US. You can view the petition here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stage-4-cancer-patient-deported-grant-parole-for-ramon-islas
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