News Round Up In-Brief
- A recent New York Times article highlights the many vulnerabilities faced by U.S. im/migrants, even those who are long-term permanent residents, that can ultimately lead in deportation. Among the deported are an increasing number of children, some as young as six years old, many of whom lack counsel to represent them in immigration hearings.
- In preparing for Hurricane Isaac, many people from affected Gulf Coast areas will evacuate their homes, but unauthorized im/migrants may be unwilling to leave disaster areas due to fears of encountering immigration enforcement officials. Many unauthorized immigrants may also avoid seeking emergency services in disaster settings.
- Some border towns such as Calexico, California, are requesting federal funds to help pay for medical services provided to immigrants who call for medical help related to their entry into the United States.
- In Tampa, Florida, the Republican Party embraced Arizona-style immigration laws as part of the party’s platform.
- Eliot Spitzer’s recent Slate.com post encourages states to allow unauthorized im/migrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
- In California, a proposed law that prevents law enforcement from detaining unauthorized immigrants for deportation is receiving attention from a number of sheriffs who do not support the legislation.
- Following the recent Arizona Supreme Court Case, Courts in Alabama and Georgia have struck down measures of each state’s recent immigration laws.
- In Texas, the presence of checkpoints in some areas serves as a deterrent for unauthorized immigrants seeking abortion services.
- In a statement responding to President Obama’s deferred action announcement in June, the Department of Health and Human Services noted that those eligible for the deferred action would not be eligible for health services provided by DHHS.
- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order that prohibits unauthorized immigrants eligible for President Obama’s deferred action policy from receiving public benefits in Arizona.
- Australia recently passed an immigration reform that increases the number of refugees the country will accept.
- Some conservative European politicians have expressed support for some of Anders Breivik’s anti-immigrant sentiments while simultaneously denouncing his violent acts. In August, Breivik was convicted of mass murder after bombing government buildings and shooting nearly 70 people at a Norwegian Labour Party camp.
- As part of a money-saving effort in Spain, immigrants will lose their health care coverage on Saturday. Some physicians have pledged to continue providing care for immigrants even if they do not have a valid health care card.
- In Thailand, the Yingluck Shinawatra administration announced that Thai children and children of migrants workers will receive basic health care coverage in an effort to improve access to basic health services.
- Healthcare workers in Cambodia are drawing attention to drug-resistant malaria and its connection to transnational labor migration.
- Jordan is having difficulty meeting the health demands of migrants living in the country, including a large number of Syrian refugees.
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