- In San Antonio, TX, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has temporarily housed a large number of undocumented immigrant children in an airforce base. HHS reports that the there has been an increase of undocumented, unaccompanied minors immigrating into the US.
- Prenatal care for undocumented women became a contentious topic in Nebraska, where Governor Dave Heineman vetoed a bill that would allow pregnant undocumented women access to prenatal services. The governor argued that prenatal care for undocumented women was not a service the state should provide, and was instead the responsibility of private and charitable organizations. Read more…
Fortifying the Boundaries of Deservingness: Israeli Government Steps up Policies of Exclusion towards Irregular Migrants – Nora Gottlieb
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
On January 11, 2012, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) passed an amended ‘Infiltrator Law,’ whose declared purpose is to deter irregular migrants and asylum seekers from entering the country. The law enables draconian measures, including three-year imprisonment without trial for entering the country illegally. In its original version, the law would have made assistance to irregular migrants punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, but that particular paragraph was removed at the last minute.
Ironically, the logic of exclusion and securitization that underlies such laws has its roots in Israel’s self-concept as the homeland that guarantees the Jewish people protection and safety from persecution. The Infiltrator Law is part of a recent wave of policy decisions that solidify the denial of social and health rights to various (non-Jewish) migrant populations. Below I critically evaluate some of these recent policy developments in terms of their implications for the health rights of irregular migrants and asylum seekers in Israel.