News Round Up In-Brief
- In a New York Times letter to the editor, Wayne Cornelius argued that no further border enforcement will play a role in deterring potential migrants to the U.S., aiming to nullify claims that “border security” is required prior to immigration reform. A NYT op-ed by Michael Dear addressed the harms to both people and the environment already being caused by the border wall.
- For the New York Times Lens project, photographer John Moore captured pictures of individuals awaiting or having just experienced deportation from the U.S.
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement released information on the release of 2,228 undocumented immigrants from detention in response to the sequester, a choice that drew criticism from Republican lawmakers but, for others, signaled the arbitrariness of detention.
Current Issues in U.S. Immigration Reform:
- The eight Senators authoring a bipartisan plan for immigration reform released early details on a path to legal status for undocumented residents, marking new agreement on this previously contentious measure. Provoking a different controversy, they revealed that they are considering a heavy reduction in the number of family visas available to relatives of U.S. citizens, in exchange for an easier path for highly skilled workers.
- Human Rights First urged Congress to consider detention reform in talks on comprehensive immigration legislation.
- Lobbying in immigration reform is dominated by corrections companies, seeking stricter penalties for immigrants, and tech companies, seeking more visas for highly skilled workers.
- The California Endowment, a statewide health-care foundation, launched a television campaign to push for the inclusion of undocumented immigrants in coming health reforms.
- The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) sent a letter to President Obama and several congresspeople urging them to improve access to affordable health care as part of immigration reform.
- More than in past immigration reform efforts, U.S. citizen friends and family members of undocumented immigrants are organizing with them to support substantive reforms.
- The number of Syrian refugees increased 10 percent in one week amidst a continuing aid shortage, prompting the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to call on governments to create special funds to aid the refugees and their host countries.
- Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty International criticized the treatment Syrian refugees are receiving in Greece, including police brutality and detention.
- In Australia, medical transfers of asylum seekers from the offshore Manus Island detention center revived calls for investigation of the medical treatment standards in offshore facilities.
The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at University of California at San Diego has launched a new blog that will provide ongoing analysis of the debates over comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and the likeliness of its passage. The first analysis by Tom Wong predicts voting trends for a CIR plan that includes a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. The second contribution by Wayne Cornelius addresses the connection between border enforcement and the passage of CIR.
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher