News Round Up In-Brief
- In Alabama, civil rights groups reached an agreement with state officials to permanently block the most extreme parts of the state’s 2011 anti-immigrant bill.
- President Obama renewed his call for House Republicans to take up comprehensive immigration reform. In response, the New York Times editorial board wrote an (appropriately) scathing piece demanding “not one more” deportation and terming the administration’s deportation practices a “continuing disaster.”
- As new president of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano announced that $5 million would be dedicated to counseling and financial aid for undocumented students.
- Women in immigration detention still have no assurance of emergency contraception, although incarcerated women were granted this right by the Prison Rape and Elimination Act of 2003.
- The Obama Administration has stressed that the personal information given in registering for federal health care exchanges will not be used for immigration enforcement.
- A collaborative study among UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the Mexican government found that Mexican immigrants are more likely to be uninsured and at risk of adverse health outcomes than any other immigrant group in the U.S.
- U.S. immigration enforcement delayed sending information to family members of detainees after a boat carrying 15 Haitian asylum seekers capsized off the coast of Florida, killing four women.
- A review by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that 74 percent of construction workers who died on the job in New York City were Latinos or immigrants, while those groups account for only 41 percent of the city’s construction workers.
- A Mexican woman whom Nashville immigration authorities shackled to a hospital bed during childbirth won a settlement of $490,000 and may receive a special visa normally reserved for crime victims.
- Violence against Roma communities by racist and anti-immigrant groups, including kidnappings of Roma children, is intensifying in many European countries.
- Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison defended his decision to refer to asylum seekers using the disparaging term “illegals.”
- The Refugee Council, the primary advocacy organization for asylum seekers in the UK, expressed concern about the impact of the country’s proposed Immigration Bill on asylum seekers’ access to National Health Service care.
- Responding to increasing pressure from the far-right National Front (FN), France’s center-right Union for a Popular Movement party backed controversial immigration laws that would impede immigrants’ access to state-sponsored health care and welfare benefits.
- In Canada, physicians and policymakers are debating whether patients should be able to choose their doctor based on race, culture, or other personal attributes.
- Hoping to “send a message of respect” to their immigrant residents despite strict national citizenship laws, some Italian towns are extending “honorary citizenship.”
Call for Manuscripts
The following Special Issue will be published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – IJERPH (ISSN 1660-4601, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/), and is now open to receive submissions of full research papers and comprehensive review articles for peer-review and possible publication:
Special Issue: Migrant Health
Guest Editor: Dr. Sloane C. Burke
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2014
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher, AccessDenied Head Writer