News Roundup In-Brief
- In a conscious rejection of the recommendations made in a government-commissioned review, Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher announced that Border Patrol agents will continue to be allowed to use deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles.
- The Obama administration released a long-awaited memo establishing that undocumented residents who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans will be able to receive work permits to stay in the U.S. and move toward permanent residency.
- UCLA and UC Berkeley banned use of the term “illegal immigrant” in university communications, citing the human rights slogan, “No human being is illegal.”
- House Speaker John Boehner ruled out talks on comprehensive immigration reform with the Senate, insisting on “step-by-step” bills and setting any hope of reform back into 2014. Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of the National Immigrant Justice System, called on President Obama to jump-start the process of reform by using his executive authority to halt the deportations of undocumented residents with no felony record.
- A new initiative, the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, seeks to fund legal counsel for immigrant detainees, who have no legal right to representation and thus often lack it due to inability to pay.
- Two opposing letters to the New York Times discuss the decision of the Dominican Republic’s high court to rescind the citizenship of all children of undocumented Haitian migrants regardless of whether they were born on Dominican soil or how long they have lived in the country.
- In a challenging feat of journalism, Piyali Bhattacharya wraps her pen around the perspective of an undocumented South Asian restaurant worker in New York, citing impressions of her conversations with him and of her trip to India to meet his family.
- A New York Times Magazine photo essay describes author Luke Mogelson’s 200-mile journey from Jakarta, Indonesia to Australia’s Christmas Island in a fishing boat alongside asylum seekers, a journey which has claimed over 1,000 lives as the primary route for refugees into Australia.
- The District of Columbia Council will back down from offering undocumented residents regular driving permits, citing the need to comply with federal law. (Additionally, this article serves as a reminder that the Washington Post has yet to abandon use of the term “illegal immigrant.”)
- While state prison populations have shrunk, the federal prison population and the coffers of private prison companies have grown since the 2005 implementation of Operation Streamline and the resulting increased prosecution of immigration offenses.
- A Rohingya asylum seeker died in custody at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau of a brain hemorrhage after being denied adequate treatment, adding fuel to complaints that Japan’s detention health system fails asylum seekers.
- Mira Kamdar of the New York Times Editorial Board predicts the future of Paris as she perceives it developing in Pantin, on the border of the city and suburbs, where working class history mixes with multinational immigration and forward-thinking urban planning.
- Many European countries – France, Denmark, Austria, Britain, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland and the Netherlands – are cautiously watching the rise of right-wing populist parties who oppose immigration and European Union integration. Most troubling are Greece’s Golden Dawn and Hungary’s Jobbik party, whose brand of ethnic nationalism has been charged with stoking xenophobic violence.
- According to a European Union survey, a perceived spike in anti-Semitism has prompted almost a third of European Jews to consider emigration from their home country.
- An internal investigation found 10 Greek police officers to have “direct or indirect involvement with the criminal activities of Golden Dawn,” the country’s vehemently anti-immigrant party.
- On November 4, thousands of nationalists rallied across Russia, indicating growing support for an anti-immigrant agenda.
- In Australia, high numbers of boat arrivals in recent years have led to lengthier detention for asylum seekers; the Ombudsman’s office last year counted 674 people detained for more than two years.
- The Australian Senate passed a motion to force Liberal party Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to reveal whether any asylum-seeker boats have actually been “turned around” in the water, as his party’s national campaign claimed they would be.
- An internal audit by Australia’s Immigration Department coupled with independent medical advice asserted that the Labor government’s two-day turnaround requirement to send asylum seekers to offshore processing does not leave enough time for proper health checks.
- Members of Parliament are attacking the British government’s proposal to ban landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants, even while they support other questionable “solutions” to the political disagreement over immigration, such as increased enforcement using the UK hotline for reporting “suspected” undocumented residents. This debate comes shortly after the government abandoned a proposal to make visitors from “high-risk” sources of illegal immigration – nations labeled as frequent sending countries – pay a 3000-pound bond, to be refunded upon their exit.
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher
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