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Quadriplegic man dies after deportation to Mexico

Immigrant advocates confirmed that an undocumented immigrant who was deported to Mexico against his will in 2010 passed away last weekend. They also took issue with the lack of due process rights afforded to the young man.

The 24-year-old was reportedly paralyzed in a construction accident in the United States, and when he couldn't pay his hospital bills, he was transferred to a hospital in southern Mexico.

Representatives from several pro-immigrant groups contacted members of the man's family in Mexico to tell them about a funeral service that was held in the United States for the man, and to offer help to the family.

In August 2010, the man reportedly fell from a roof he was working on. He was taken to the emergency room at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where he was treated for four months. However, the treatment amounted to $650,000, which neither he nor his family could afford.

The hospital soon made preparations to transfer the man to Mexico, even though the man and his family were against it. The Mexican consulate located in Chicago reported the man and his family knew he would receive better care in the United States.

Without seeking any advice from the consulate, the hospital made the decision to transfer the patient to Mexico against his wishes on Dec. 22, 2010.

In the wake of the man's death, the United Front for Immigrants is calling his deportation a violation of rights. A spokesperson said that humanitarian rules between the United States and Mexico should be established in order to prevent this from happening again in the future.

This is another sad reminder of how important it is to have an experienced immigration attorney on your side when facing deportation. Otherwise, the rights of alleged illegal immigrants can and do go unheard.

Source: Fox News Latino, "Undocumented Quadriplegic Sent Back to Mexico Dies," Jan. 3, 2012

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