News Round Up In-Brief
- On Tuesday, January 29th, President Obama addressed a Las Vegas audience and declared a need for immigration reform. The full transcript of his address can be found at the New York Times website.
- Although the President’s proposed immigration plan may grant “provisional legal status” to many undocumented immigrants living in the United States, his plan bars undocumented immigrants who gain “provisional legal status” from Medicare, Medicaid, and from purchasing health insurance on the exchanges created through the affordable care act.
- Some hospitals have expressed opposition to prohibiting certain forms of health insurance to undocumented immigrants who later gain legal status.
- In Sacramento, the Mexican Consulate is finding ways for undocumented immigrants to receive medical treatment since they are prohibited from accessing publically-financed health service.
- Commenting on how healthcare and immigration policies are linked, a group of policymakers and consumer advocates consider how immigration reform may influence health care reform in California.
- Lawmakers in Vermont are considering including undocumented immigrants in the state’s single payer health care system.
- In a provocative New York Times op-ed, Mae M. Ngai suggests that the current visa system in the United States encourages unauthorized immigration.
- In an effort to attract Latino voters, a conservative political group has urged Republican politicians to stop using the words “illegal,” “alien,” and the term “anchor babies,” when talking about undocumented immigrants.
- Anthropologist Robin Reineke’s work brings to light the dangers associated with crossing the Sonoran Desert while migrating on foot.
A new report by the organization Families for Freedom and the New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic describes hundreds of wrongful arrests by Border Patrol and over $1 million in cash and other incentives.
The student conference proceedings for the University College London’s Migration Research Unit are now available online.