CALEXICO — The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service could allow clients of Calexico's Valley Orthopaedic Clinic to cross the border for surgeries without paying a $6 processing fee, according to Michael Freeman, director of the Andrade and Calexico ports of entry.
Freeman said high-ranking INS officials would make a final decision in a few weeks.
"I talked to my people today and they stressed, once again, individual entities can request an exemption. Those will be entertained by me on a case-by-case basis. If I determine that their justification is reasonable I will grant a waiver as I've done in the past," he said.
The Valley Orthopaedic Clinic transports needy children to Los Angeles for life-changing operations or provides care to the children at its Heber Avenue and First Street location.