News Round Up In-Brief
- The Associated Press published the results of its review of “medical repatriation” cases, concluding that a lack of regulations on hospitals regarding the care of non-citizens has led to 600 deportations in the last five years of patients, including those unconscious or in comas, whom the hospitals deemed “stabilized” enough to receive the rest of their care in their home countries.
- While the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times have banned the use of the phrase “illegal immigrant” to describe persons, the New York Times only suggested that its writers use alternatives when possible.
- House conservatives announced a plan to pursue their own version of immigration reform, to compete with the bipartisan plan backed by the Obama administration.
- No matter what reform plan triumphs, immigration reform is likely to exclude deportees, including the roughly 400,000 people deported yearly since 2009 – leaving them to handle the health consequences of deportation, and separation from American family members, without assistance.
- Although, in general, immigrant detainees are not entitled to legal counsel, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that detainees who are unable to represent themselves due to mental disability must be provided with an attorney.
- As an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws approaches, it is becoming more apparent to immigrant advocates that the U.S. lacks enough immigration lawyers to guide the millions of potential citizenship applicants through the new legal hurdles.
- The Supreme Court refused to hear the state of Alabama’s challenge to a lower court ruling that blocked several of the most exclusive provisions of its anti-immigration law, regarded as the nation’s strictest.
- A Huffington Post editorial called for expanding the insurance coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act to immigrant children, regardless of their legal status.
- Lawmakers in California have proposed that coming savings from Medicaid be used to support a basic county-administered health care program for immigrants, including the right to preventive care.
- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law SB 160, a measure that intended to fix one the problems with Georgia’s strict immigration law, HB87. Changes to SB 160, however, expanded the state’s restrictions on the types of identification that immigrants could use. The law attracted the attention of the agricultural industry, which has already been economically harmed by Georgia’s immigration laws.
- Doctors visiting the Manus Island detention center, one of several offshore processing centers to which the Australian government sends asylum claimants, reported that the center is potentially harmful to the health of child detainees.
- Though there are no plans yet to remove child detainees from the Manus Island center, the controlling Labor Party in Australia announced that children will again be held in mainland detention centers.
- The Auckland District Health Board in New Zealand has asked the national government to clarify to visitors on temporary visas that they must pay for the health care they receive in New Zealand, to reduce the district’s occurrence of unpaid bills.
- Starting in May, the Swiss government will cap immigration from within the European Union, especially from the poorer EU states.
- Three foremen of a strawberry farm in Greece opened fire on a crowd of 200 Bangladeshi migrant workers who had demanded unpaid wages, wounding 28 people. None of the injuries were life-threatening and all three men were arrested. The town, Nea Manolada, has been the site of other violent attacks on migrants in recent years.
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