News Round Up In-Brief
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is partnering with community organizations that support immigrants to share information about health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. A particular focus of these education efforts is to explain how Health Reform will benefit immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are still barred from receiving federal benefits, but legal immigrants may be eligible for some programs even before their five-year waiting period is up.
- Obama’s Secure Communities program continues to attract criticism, particularly for its “confusing” stance regarding who should be prioritized for deportation. Despite statements by the Obama administration that the program should only target the most serious criminal offenders, reports continue that immigrants are being detained and deported for traffic violations and other minor infractions. Some local law enforcement representatives worry that this approach undermines trust and can endanger community policing.
- A report released this week documents widespread abuses by the US Border Patrol including denying food and water to people in custody. The humanitarian organization No More Deaths (which is a ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson) released the report, A Culture of Cruelty, that is based on interviews with nearly 13,000 detainees. Other alleged abuses include being beaten, psychological mistreatment, separating family members, and overcrowding.
- A study in the Harvard Educational Review reports that children of undocumented immigrants face many educational, social, and psychological obstacles in their development that stem from their parents’ illegal status.
- The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recognized the right of day laborers to congregate and solicit work as part of their right to free speech. This law could impact anti-soliciting ordinances in towns across the country.
- The Dominican Republic deports Haitian refugees.
- Tunisian migrants protest forced repatriation and battle with police on Lampedusa.
- Australian legislators unable to reach an agreement for processing asylum seekers.
- British immigration officials hope to return an illegal immigrant to Pakistan who has been in hospital for a year. According to the BBC report, a UK Border Agency spokeswoman said: “The NHS is a national, not an international, health service.”
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