A final news round up before we head into 2011. Happy New Year to all of our readers!
News from the US:
- A NY Times editorial urges President Obama and his administration to continue to pursue meaningful immigration policy, even thought the Dream Act was defeated in the recent lame-duck session of Congress.
- For the first time since the earthquake last January, the federal government is planning to send immigrants convicted of crimes back to Haiti in mid-January. Read more…
Benefits vs. Ethics? Re-Assessing Healthcare Access for the Undocumented in France – Stéphanie Larchanché
IRIS-EHESS and Centre Françoise Minkowska, Paris
In March 2010, the French National Assembly voted to further limit healthcare access to the undocumented. Since 2001, State Medical Aid (AME) has provided undocumented immigrants living in France with free healthcare coverage. To be eligible for AME, one must provide proof of residence in France for a minimum of three months and evidence of limited monthly income (below 634 euros). Soon after this arrangement was created, however, additional restrictions were added as requirements for access to AME including presentation of a valid government-issued ID, presentation of a housing certificate – which can only be received via specific state-mandated social services – and a mandatory minimum service fee for health services. On March 2nd, 2010, following discussions on budget restrictions, center-right Assembly representative Dominique Tian proposed still more limitations on AME, including the addition of a 30 euro application fee and additional restrictions on covered healthcare services. According to Tian, «If one is willing to pay several thousands of euros to come to France, I doubt that a 30 euro application fee will prevent one from accessing care.»
The Migration Policy Institute has compiled a list of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2010. Which topics made your list?
News from the US:
- Immigrant advocate groups have mobilized across the country in a last-ditch effort to persuade Congress to pass the Dream Act. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called on Congress last Thursday to pass the bill. Listen in as the pros and cons of the Dream Act are discussed on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show.
- Fair trade is finally coming to the tomato fields of Florida, where a campaign organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has won a remarkable victory in a 15-year struggle for better pay and working conditions. The agreement guarantees a modest penny more per pound of tomatoes picked.
- A database of skeletal characteristics is being expanded in order to aid in identifying the remains of border crossers in Arizona. This article features forensic anthropologist Kate Spradley’s work. Another piece describes how facial reconstruction techniques can help authorities identify homicide victims who are unauthorized immigrants.
Welcome to AccessDenied: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health! The aim of this blog is to challenge readers and contributors to re-think the political common sense that denies migrants and immigrants access to health care and impedes their capacity to enjoy the social determinants of good health. We also consider how the increased movement of people across national borders affects the health of receiving communities.
We ask our readers and contributors to consider some morally and politically tough questions: