Medical Deportations? With healthcare repatriations of immigrants increasing, the industry’s medical repatriations process is facing increased scrutiny.

In April 2003, Leo came to the United States from Liberia.  He landed at JFK International Airport in New York and when walking through Customs & Border Protection (CBP), his passport was stamped, with a notation that he may only visit the United States and must leave before the end of October 2003.

October quickly approached.  Leo was driven by his cousin to the airport on the day Leo was required to depart.  On the way to the airport, Leo’s cousin drove through a red light and their car was sent into the air after a tractor-trailer hit the passenger side of the cousin’s car.

While emergency response teams were able to stabilize Leo, he required nearly one-million dollars in surgeries, rehabilitation, medication, and long-t