News Round Up In-Brief
- Contrary to Obama administration policy, newly released records show that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year instructed its regional chiefs to arrest more, not fewer, minor criminals as opposed to felons, in order to meet its desired number of deportations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently obtained emails proving that ICE officials set deportation quotas.
- Experts question whether immigration reform would make previously undocumented immigrants eligible for the reforms included in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
- Civil rights groups in Alabama sued the state in an effort to end its publication of a “black list” of the names of all undocumented immigrants arrested there.
- The United We Dream network, a group of young immigrants for immigration reform, will push the legislature for a seven-year path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country. House Republicans are open to the idea of residency for this population, but not citizenship.
- Research published in JAMA Pediatrics by author Elizabeth Kennedy found that unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. receive inadequate mental health care compared with unaccompanied refugee children, often not receiving a mental health assessment.
- A February 4 Slate article notes that the U.S. has always had a functioning “guest worker system” comprised of both formal and informal work.
- Jose Antonio Vargas, a longtime reporter and advocate of undocumented immigrants’ rights (and an undocumented immigrant himself), reflected upon his upcoming Senate testimony on February 12.
- While the White House works on its own version of immigration reform, Senator Marco Rubio lambasts the Obama administration for this effort.
- In California, nearly a decade after implemented one of the harshest immigration laws in the country, Republican legislators are changing their rhetoric about immigration.
- Russian police detained 271 migrants from Central Asia and the North Caucasus region in a February 9 raid on Muslim prayer rooms, in an effort police said was to break up networks of religious extremists plotting terrorist attacks.
- Greece’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, declared unconstitutional a law passed three years ago that allowed second-generation migrants to apply for citizenship and run for local elections, potentially stripping those rights from people who have already obtained citizenship under the law.
- British, Belgian, and French immigration authorities carried out coordinated raids on February 6 that were aimed at apprehending smugglers of migrants.
The Regional Migration Study Group of the Migration Policy Institute published a new report titled, “Strengthening Health Systems in North and Central America: What Role for Migration?”
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher and Nolan Kline