Western University School of Medicine and Dentistry
The doctors of Canada are angry. Last May in Toronto, a group of 90 physicians clad in white coats and scrubs occupied the office of a high-ranking member of the Canadian Parliament. Since then, physicians have consistently interrupted press conferences held by Conservative members of Parliament to protest cuts to the country’s Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which since 1957 has provided basic health care to refugees and asylum seekers.
Under the new policy, many refugees will receive care only in “urgent and necessary” cases or if their illness is deemed a threat to public health. Ironically, these cuts came into effect on the July 1st celebration of Canada Day, when this nation of immigrants and refugees celebrates its independence and its core values of generosity, openness, and multiculturalism.
- In a recent CNN Opinion piece, Charles Garcia traces the shadowy origin and post-2000 rise of the phrase “illegal immigrant” as a slur masked as neutral by the Associated Press and political strategists.
- The ACLU recently delivered a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, urging governments to adopt a human rights-based approach to detention policies, highlighting concerns over rights violations in Georgia detention facilities.
- Undocumented youth view President Obama’s executive order to extend work permits to “dreamers” as a potential salve for the “undocumented blues,” albeit with some trepidation.
- New York Times contributor Maggie Jones profiles efforts to rebuild in the city of Postville, Iowa, four years after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid of Agriprocessors, the town’s largest employer.
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