World Lawmakers Push to Give Terminally Ill British Baby U.S. Residency

14:01  12 july  2017
14:01  12 july  2017 Source:   The New York Times

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Photo. A demonstration over the case of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill British baby , in London. A version of this article appears in print on July 12, 2017, on Page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: Lawmakers Push to Give Ill Baby U . S . Residency .

Two Republican lawmakers will introduce a bill this week calling for Charlie and his family to be granted permanent residence in the United States. LONDON — Two U . S . congressmen have called for terminally sick British baby Charlie Gard to be given U . S . residency so he can undergo treatment

A demonstration over the case of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill British baby, in London. Legislation being proposed by two Republican congressmen to give Charlie permanent residency in the United States would apply only if an English court permits Charlie’s parents to travel for their son’s treatment.© Carl Court/Getty Images A demonstration over the case of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill British baby, in London. Legislation being proposed by two Republican congressmen to give Charlie permanent residency in the United States would apply only if an English court permits Charlie’s parents to travel for their son’s treatment.

WASHINGTON — Two House Republican lawmakers are seeking to give permanent residency to Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby, and his parents if the London High Court allows the family to seek medical care in the United States.

The legislation, which the two Republicans said on Tuesday that they would file, is the latest effort among high-profile international endorsements, including from President Trump and Pope Francis, to help 11-month-old Charlie, who was discovered as a newborn to have a rare genetic condition. Charlie’s parents want him to receive experimental medical treatment in the United States, but the London hospital where he has lived since October initially blocked his transfer on the legal grounds that it was not in the baby’s best interests because it would prolong his pain and suffering.

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Reps push to give Charlie Gard family US residency , as judge allows new hearing. House lawmakers are pushing to grant legal U . S . residency to terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his family so they can seek treatment in America -- a development tha

House lawmakers are pushing to grant legal U . S . residency to terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his family so they can seek treatment in America -- a development that comes as a London court granted the family a brief reprieve. “Let’s give him a fighting chance,” Rep.

Last week, however, the hospital said it would reconsider its earlier decision to take Charlie off life support, and the High Court is expected to consider his case later this week.

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The proposal by Representatives Brad Wenstrup, Republican of Ohio, and Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, could apply only if the British court allows Charlie and his parents to seek treatment in the United States.

Giving the family lawful permanent status in the United States “would allow them to at least pursue their best hope for Charlie,” Mr. Franks wrote in an opinion piece published on Tuesday by Fox News.

But it is also unlikely to become law, according to some immigration experts, because it was filed under a parliamentary procedure known as a “private bill” that is traditionally used to help people who are already living in the United States avoid being deported.

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Two US congressmen have called for terminally sick British baby Charlie Gard to be given US residency so he can undergo treatment in America. It comes as the latest intervention from the United States in the case of baby Charlie

House lawmakers are pushing to grant legal U . S . residency to terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his family so they can seek treatment in “Let’s give him a fighting chance,” Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told "Fox & Friends." Gard suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease, a rare

Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in immigration law, said the bill would also have to overcome the political backdrop of a situation with clear divisions over who has the right under British law to decide whether Charlie lives. A similar ethical argument gripped the United States in 2005 during the right-to-die debate over Terri Schiavo, whose brain damage at age 26 left her in a vegetative state.

“The odds are against this specific legislation, partly because of political overtones, family ties to the situation, and statistically, very few of these cases are enacted,” Mr. Motomura said. “And it’s not necessary to give them a green card.”

He said only 170 similar pieces of legislation have become law since 1983.

Legal measures already in place to help foreigners seeking medical treatment in the United States include a 90-day entry without a visa, a six-month visitor’s visa and humanitarian parole, which itself is a rare immigration admission granted in a compelling emergency.

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Terminally ill British baby boy Charlie Gard has been at center of case that has drawn world-wide attention. Two House Republicans plan to propose legislation in the next week that they say would give terminally ill British baby boy Charlie Gard permanent residency in the U . S . so he can travel

House lawmakers are pushing to grant legal U . S . residency to terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his family so they can seek treatment in America -- a development that comes as a London court granted the family a brief reprieve.

A spokesman for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services declined to comment for this report.

Mr. Wenstrup said the legislation would help support Charlie’s family indefinitely by expediting the arduous process for legal entry. It would also allow the family seek employment and receive financial aid for medical bills without first being given a green card.

Charlie’s slim hope for treatment, Mr. Wenstrup said, reminds him of his sister’s battle with two forms of aggressive leukemia. After her diagnosis 23 years ago, she flew from Cincinnati to Seattle to receive an experimental bone marrow treatment that insurance companies deemed a risk. She is now healthy and married with children.

“I feel for people in this situation,” Mr. Wenstrup said. “What parent would not do whatever they could to save their son’s life?”

A similar bill was passed in 2012 to give permanent residency to a Nigerian student who sought to pursue a medical degree and continue receiving treatment for a rare genetic disorder that caused large facial tumors. It was the last time a “private bill” became law.

But Mr. Wenstrup said he is hopeful and has already received vocal support from other legislators.

“Cures begin with one,” Mr. Wenstrup said. “I think it’s important to give Charlie a fighting chance.”

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Parents of sick British baby return to court .
The parents of Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby at the center of a trans-Atlantic appeal, is still fighting to keep their son alive.&nbsp;LONDON — The parents of Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby at the center of a trans-Atlantic appeal, returned to a court here Thursday in a renewed effort to keep their son alive.

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