December 5, 2013 Leave a comment
- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has neglected to report 28 allegations of sexual assault across 10 selected facilities.
- The University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas planned – and then was pressured into canceling – a game mocking immigration enforcement it titled “Catch an Illegal Immigrant.”
November 17, 2013 Leave a comment
- In a conscious rejection of the recommendations made in a government-commissioned review, Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher announced that Border Patrol agents will continue to be allowed to use deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles.
- The Obama administration released a long-awaited memo establishing that undocumented residents who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans will be able to receive work permits to stay in the U.S. and move toward permanent residency.
November 1, 2013 Leave a comment
- In Alabama, civil rights groups reached an agreement with state officials to permanently block the most extreme parts of the state’s 2011 anti-immigrant bill.
- President Obama renewed his call for House Republicans to take up comprehensive immigration reform. In response, the New York Times editorial board wrote an (appropriately) scathing piece demanding “not one more” deportation and terming the administration’s deportation practices a “continuing disaster.” Read more…
October 21, 2013 Leave a comment
- On October 8, eight Democratic members of the House of Representatives were arrested outside the Capitol building during a protest to support comprehensive immigration legislation.
- Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother, writes that U.S. immigration policy has been at the root of much family separation, both by driving family members to immigrate separately and by deliberately deporting parents without their children.
- ThinkProgress posted a “simple guide to the Affordable Care Act” for non-citizens with varying levels of access to ACA-provided care. Read more…
September 24, 2013 Leave a comment
- Migrants entering the U.S. are increasingly crossing through southern Texas, where many die trying to circumvent a Border Patrol checkpoint in Brooks County. Last year, the toll of recovered remains in the county skyrocketed to 129 bodies, up from 50 or 60 in previous years.
- Migration is shifting along multiple vectors, as Mexico is increasingly an immigrant destination and the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. appears to be on the rise.
- In an investigation of excessive force cases, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General found that “many [Border Patrol] agents and officers do not understand use of force and the extent to which they may or may not use force.” Read more…
September 9, 2013 Leave a comment
- Across the country, opponents of immigration like Georgia’s D. A. King (who terms current immigration levels an “invasion”) joined with national groups to persuade their home congresspeople during the August recess to oppose legalization for undocumented people.
- Republican members of the House oppose what they call the “special path” to citizenship outlined in the Senate immigration bill. Taking a hard line, the Republican National Committee opposes “any form of amnesty that would propose a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.” Meanwhile, members of mixed-status families hope for a citizenship path to keep their loved ones safe from deportation. Read more…
August 7, 2013 Leave a comment
- Despite controversy, the humanitarian group, “No More Deaths,” continues to leave gallon jugs of water in the desert for migrants crossing into the United States from Mexico.
- In recent speech about the housing market and economy, President Obama again asserted his support for new immigration legislation.
- Immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx are scheduled to close later this month. The closures will harm low-income people and immigrants, according to union representing public health nurses.
- In Chicago, protesters gathered at a hospital to object to undocumented immigrants’ lack of access to organ transplants. Read more…
July 11, 2013 Leave a comment
- The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey deported a comatose 69-year-old undocumented immigrant to Poland without securing his consent or informing the Polish diplomats working on his case, after the hospital discovered he had no health insurance.
- An immigration overhaul bill passed in the Senate, but has stalled in the House due to Republican opposition to a “pathway to citizenship” for the nation’s undocumented immigrants. While the Obama administration champions the Senate bill, some on the political left say its pathway to legal status is too grueling, and some immigrant advocates believe its stipulations for strengthening “border security” will worsen the conflict between militarization and human rights on the border. (Here, the Southern Arizona humanitarian organization No More Deaths provides a full explanation for its opposition to the bill.) Read more…
May 23, 2013 Leave a comment
- Although Border Patrol apprehensions have lessened in recent years, the deaths of migrants in the Arizona desert due to dehydration and heat exhaustion have remained high. Last fiscal year there were 463 deaths, a number rivaled only by the 2005 fiscal year, in which there were three times as many apprehensions. Advocates and experts agree that as “border security” is tightened, migrants take increasingly remote and dangerous routes into the country. The New York Times obtained a map of the deaths from Tucson-based humanitarian organization Humane Borders and photographs of migrants’ belongings, currently being held along with 744 sets of unidentified remains at the Pima County medical examiner’s office.
- The Senate immigration bill leaves intact considerable delays and obstacles for immigrants’ access to health care, particularly to Medicaid. Undocumented immigrants on the proposed path to citizenship will have to wait an additional five years to become eligible for Medicaid (if they qualify), following the end of the 10-year “Registered Provisional Immigrant” status. Read more…
May 7, 2013 Leave a comment
- The Associated Press published the results of its review of “medical repatriation” cases, concluding that a lack of regulations on hospitals regarding the care of non-citizens has led to 600 deportations in the last five years of patients, including those unconscious or in comas, whom the hospitals deemed “stabilized” enough to receive the rest of their care in their home countries.
- While the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times have banned the use of the phrase “illegal immigrant” to describe persons, the New York Times only suggested that its writers use alternatives when possible. Read more…