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When Carlitos, a 2-year-old boy from Guatemala, was finally allowed to enter the United States from Tijuana, it was in an ambulance.

Carlitos’ story — kidnapping, expulsion, lack of access to medical care, a serious illness that could kill him quickly without proper treatment — is common among asylum seekers stranded south of the border by U.S. policies, according to his attorney, Hollie Webb. What is rare, though, is the outcome.

Attorneys and doctors lobbied U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to allow Carlitos and his mother Ana to cross to San Diego under a special permission known as humanitarian parole so that the boy could get life-saving cancer treatment. After not responding for more than a week, and an inquiry from the the San Diego Union-Tribune, CBP granted the request.

On Thursday evening, Carlitos and Ana crossed into the United States. They switched to a second ambulance, which took them to a helicopter that carried them to a hospital north of San Diego where the youngster will be treated.

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Source : https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-22/child-cancer-treatment

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