Feds reverse decision ending immigrant medical relief

BOSTON (AP) — The Trump administration has reversed its decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed Thursday it will resume considering "deferred action" requests on a discretionary, case-by-case basis.

The agency earlier this month reopened about 400 pending requests issued denial letters when the policy was terminated Aug. 7.

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, whose House Oversight Committee held a contentious hearing on the termination decision last week, said House Democrats will continue to look into the policy.

The committee was scheduled to hold another hearing on the issue next week.

A longstanding federal policy, deferred action allows foreign nationals to work and receive government benefits for two years while their family members receive medical treatment.