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News Round Up In-Brief

U.S. News

  • Jeh C. Johnson replaces Janet Napolitano as the new Secretary of Homeland Security.
  • A Canadian woman planning to board a cruise in New York was prevented from entering the U.S. due to a previous, nonviolent “mental illness episode.”

International News

  • In Israel on December 17, 200 African asylum seekers marched to Jerusalem after a two-day journey to protest their treatment by Israeli authorities. The group walked out of the Holot “open” detention facility in the Negev desert several days after Parliament approved a measure that would allow authorities to hold new unauthorized migrants in detention for up to a year without trial and to hold those already in Israel indefinitely in “open” detention. After at least 150 participants in the first march were arrested by authorities and put on buses back to detention, 130 detainees embarked on a second “March for Freedom” that ended prematurely, with reportedly illegal arrests by authorities.
  • The Australian government put a cap on permanent protection visas “until the Senate changes its mind,” indefinitely denying settlement to the 33,000 asylum seekers currently detained in its processing centers.
  • Women in Australia’s mainland and offshore detention facilities have received poor prenatal care that may have caused them to lose their babies.
  • The UK-based Medical Justice Network released a new report on mental health in UK immigration detention.


The Beast, by Óscar Martínez, describes the dangerous, and often deadly, train that carries Central American migrants across Mexico.

Call for Papers

Plans are underway for a panel on “Noncitizenship in theory and practice” for the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference (September 2014). This panel will explore how political theory can begin to directly address the question of ‘noncitizenship’.  Contacts: Katherine Tonkiss (k.e.tonkiss@bham.ac.uk) or Tendayi Bloom (bloom@unu.edu).

Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher 

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