The Sole Provider of a Six-Year-Old Paraplegic Boy is to be Deported


On Monday Yancarlos Mendez received devastating news - he was to be deported for overstaying his visit in the U.S. 

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Back in November, Mendez was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after he was stopped for driving without a licence. The 27-year-old appealed to stop the deportation but was rejected legal status. "Your request for a stay of removal is denied," wrote ICE Deputy Field Office Director Robert Lynch.

According to Cincinnati Enquirer, Mendez is the financial provider and medical caregiver of Ricky Solis, a 6-year-old boy who is paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a car crash last February. Solis is bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life and needs around the clock care because of his medical needs, which his mother, Sandra Mendoza provided but now his life hangs in the balance. Mendoza says she is struggling financially to make ends meet.

Nazly Mamedova, the family's immigration attorney, applied for a one-year suspension of deportation with ICE. She said the family would suffer severe hardship if Mendez were deported.

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As a U.S. citizen, Ricky is a Medicaid patient and is scheduled to undergo more surgery in February.