News Round Up In-Brief
- As conversation about immigration reform continues in Washington, Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama, generally agree that undocumented immigrants granted provisional legal status should not be granted access to Medicaid or insurance subsidies. This viewpoint, however, may contrast with the majority of lawmakers’ constituents.
- Neither the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program nor the Affordable Care Act offer any possibility for undocumented immigrants or DACA approved youth to access subsidized health services.
- A recent editorial about Arizona’s attempt to criminalize day laboring notes how some immigration laws undermine principles of free speech.
- North Carolina will begin giving driver’s licenses to immigrants who received work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Unlike other licenses, DACA approved drivers will receive licenses with a red stripe reading “No Lawful Status.”
- The recent arrest of an immigrant rights activist in Tucson highlights some of the troubling affects of Arizona law SB 1070.
- The Obama administration continues to develop its own version of immigration reform.
- Some immigrant rights groups are expressing concerns over Florida Atlantic University’s proposed stadium that will bear the name of GEO Group, a private prison company that profits off of detaining undocumented immigrants.
- Due to the federal budget sequester, federal immigration authorities have released numerous detained immigrants as a money saving effort. The sequester has also brought attention to the enormous cost of detaining immigrants, and how few detainees have been charged with committing a violent crime.
- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressed support for immigration reform, stating that there is a need to address problems in the United State’s immigration system.
- The AFL-CIO union has publically supported immigration reform, announcing its position at press conferences in cities such as Atlanta and Orlando.
- In Tanzania, 42 undocumented immigrants, 32 of which were children, were arrested for entering the country illegally.
- The Curious Ostrich blog has developed an image demonstrating how immigration policies can affect immigrants’ health.
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