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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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Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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