Undocumented quadriplegic returned to Mexico from Chicago area - chicagotribune.com Please read the linked article if you have time; I think the tone of it is worth discussing. My reaction is, this should not have happened. The man was almost certainly working without legally-required safety equipment and the subcontractor who hired him should not have found it so easy to evade its workers' compensation obligations. But it did happen. If the injured man has any legal remedies here, by all means I hope he pursues them. However, he was not here legally, his condition was stable and he was moved in a medically safe fashion. I think returning him to Mexico was not only permissible, it was obligatory. What say you? Should a serious injury in the US result in some sort of ad hoc green card for the patient?