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U.S. News

  • When the Affordable Care Act of 2010 goes into full effect, undocumented immigrants will comprise roughly 25 percent of the nation’s uninsured, and may face even fewer options for care if reforms spur cutbacks in community health clinics.
  • In defiance of the Secure Communities program, the New York City Council proposed two bills that would expand the city’s powers to block federal immigration detainers.
  • The Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council released a report criticizing the 287(g) Program for causing racial profiling and hindering community contact with local police. The program, enacted in 1996 as an addition to the Immigration and Nationality Act, authorized the INS (now ICE) to deputize local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of immigration enforcement agents.
  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris informed local law enforcement officials that they are not obligated to enforce Secure Communities, the program that sends all arrestee’s fingerprints to immigration authorities.
  • Unauthorized immigration to the United States continues to drop, according to a census from the Pew Hispanic Center.

International News

New Research

Guell, Cornelia. 2012. Self-Care at the Margins: Meals and Meters in Migrants’ Diabetes Tactics. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(4): 518-533.

Horton, Sarah B. 2012. Medical Returns as Class Transformation: Situating Migrants’ Medical Returns within a Framework of Transnationalism. Medical Anthropology doi 10.1080/01459740.2012.749875.

Amnesty International published a report in November titled, “’We are Foreigners, We Have No Rights’: The Plight of Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Migrants in Libya.”


Nando Sigona of the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre gave a presentation at the 2012 TEDxEastEnd talks in support of an immigration reform policy to address the UK’s own “DREAMers,” which would be similar to President Obama’s “Deferred Action” program for undocumented youth.

Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher and Nolan Kline

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