News Roundup In-Brief
- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has neglected to report 28 allegations of sexual assault across 10 selected facilities.
- The University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas planned – and then was pressured into canceling – a game mocking immigration enforcement it titled “Catch an Illegal Immigrant.”
- The District of Columbia released the details of its policy for issuing drivers’ licenses to undocumented residents.
- Of the 38 “dreamer” activists who surrendered to immigration agents at the El Paso-Juarez border in September, one is still in detention, five have been deported, and 28 others have been paroled to await court dates.
- Within mixed-status families, the Affordable Care Act may lead to financial penalties for the parents of eligible children, who themselves are not eligible for care under the expansion of Medicare.
- Survivors recall another shipwreck of Haitian migrants attempting to reach the U.S.
- In light of the lackluster reception of President Obama’s San Francisco immigration speech, the New York Times editorial board clarified that the president does have the legal power to limit immigration enforcement in order to protect non-criminal undocumented residents.
- On November 29, Obama visited the National Mall to speak with a group of about 20 activists who are on hunger strikes in support of immigration reform.
- See CNN’s analysis of “the four ways immigration reform still could happen – or not.”
- Surveys by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 63 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented residents.
- The New York Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s judges must warn defendants of the consequence of deportation before they plead guilty to a felony.
- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review to revisit the case of a gay Russian man who is seeking asylum on the grounds that he was persecuted for his sexual orientation in Russia.
- In FY2013, the Obama Administration hit an all-time high for prosecutions of nonviolent immigration offenses, at 97,384 defendants.
- In a New York Times op-ed, Bill Keller writes that the true “prize” of immigration reform for undocumented residents would be freedom from physical and legal vulnerability, which does not necessarily require a path to citizenship – but that a partial solution is not the end of the fight.
- NPR sheds light on a pilot program to provide legal counsel to immigration defendants in New York.
- Reflejos reports on the progress of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
- A photo essay by John Moore explores the U.S. immigration detention system.
- British PM David Cameron will impose tighter constraints on European Union migrants’ access to public benefits in the UK, further straining Britain’s relationship with the EU as France and Germany promise similar crackdowns.
- Many attribute French concerns over immigration to a domestic “identity crisis.”
- Net migration to the UK rose for the first time in two years in the year to June 2013.
- Australian media reported that a group of children was evacuated from Australia’s offshore detention center in Nauru to the mainland city of Brisbane due to concerns for their mental health.
- Australian detention centers will no longer report incidents of clinical depression or childbirth, and the categorization of “self-harm” events has been downgraded from “critical” to “major.”
- A Fijian man with renal disease is pleading with New Zealand immigration authorities to allow him to stay in New Zealand, because his dialysis treatment is not available in Fiji.
- A “clampdown” on undocumented immigration in Saudi Arabia has led to violent clashes and the “surrender” of an estimated 23,000 Ethiopian workers.
- Syrians fleeing civil war are greeted in Europe by the complicated politics of EU asylum seeking.
Call for Manuscripts
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Special Issue
Deadline June 30, 2014
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- Health issues or social determinants of health related to migrants
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- Assessment, evaluation and measurement
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- Qualitative and quantitative research methods
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CNN has acquired Documented, the film written and directed by undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, with plans to broadcast it nationally in spring 2014.
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher