News Round Up In-Brief
- In its periodic review of U.S. compliance with the ICCPR, the UN Human Rights Committee called on the federal government to facilitate access to health care, especially reproductive care, among undocumented immigrants.
- An immigrant rights coalition is calling for a congressional investigation of inhumane detention practices at Georgia’s Stewart and Irwin county detention facilities, following a 2012 ACLU report.
- Hundreds of immigrant detainees at the Joe Corley Detention Center in Conroe, Texas launched a hunger strike on March 18, one of several recent strikes (e.g. Northwest Detention Center) to protest federal deportation practices.
- Anchors of the “news” program Fox & Friends aggressively criticized President Obama’s statement that undocumented parents would not have to report their immigration status in order to enroll their citizen children in health care, suggesting erroneously that protection from exposure would break federal law (and really not helping anyone).House Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) has introduced a bill to make undocumented immigrants who have registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program immediately eligible for health care coverage.
- A spotlight on the case of Josue Noe Sandoval-Perez shows that despite the Obama Administration’s stated commitment to more humane deportation practices, immigration laws that count repeat illegal border crossings (after previous deportations) as felony crimes, even 16 years in the past, will harshly divide otherwise law-abiding U.S. residents from their families. A March 23 Letter to the Editor addresses this situation.
- The U.S. seems to have mostly retreated on its promise to grant immigration visas to thousands of Afghans who provided support to American troops during the war. As the military withdrawal nears, this group feels increasingly at risk at home.
- A “Border Security Expo” in Phoenix, Arizona saw private companies vying for contracts to produce expensive surveillance instruments, in step with the congressional preoccupation over enforcement technology.
- The New York State Senate rejected a bill to grant state tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants.
- Farm owners in California, sick of congressional inaction toward protecting their immigrant workforce from deportation, are considering withholding their usual support from Republican political campaigns. In Washington, meanwhile, the showdown between “message bills” continues (below).
- Democrats plan to attempt a maneuver called a discharge petition to force the House of Representatives to vote on the broad immigration bill that passed the Senate last year.
- Federal judge G. Murray Snow in Phoenix, who has waged an ongoing battle with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over his department’s racial profiling practices, strongly rebuked Arpaio for mocking and intentionally ignoring his order to cease profiling Latinos in routine traffic stops.
- A pregnant immigrant woman in the UK carried a dead fetus for weeks because she was too frightened to seek care under the National Health Service’s new fee rules, which she feared would put her in debt to the system as her visa was about to expire.
- The Japanese government paid a $50,000 settlement to the family of a Ghanian man who died while being deported by plane, after immigration agents bound and gagged him with a towel.
- A National Inquiry by the Australian Human Rights Commission into child immigration detention found many children visibly in distress and conditions prone to cause mental and developmental problems.
- Across the border between Morocco and Melilla, Spain, “mule ladies” scrape together a living by carrying massively heavy goods to Spanish markets under dangerous conditions.
- In the last month, Thai immigration agents have stopped an estimated 409 people who are believed to be ethnic Uighurs fleeing China. Human Rights Watch has urged officials not to deport the group back to China, where they face the threat of harassment and torture.
- Attempted maritime migration from North Africa to Italy has spiked in recent weeks, with Italian vessels rescuing (and apprehending) about 2,400 migrants on March 18 and 19 alone.
- The New York Times published a Q & A with a development expert from the CUNY Graduate Center on the last 20 years’ phenomenon of reducing inequality between nations.
- An NYT op-ed addresses the implications of the Syrian refugee crisis for Jordan’s long-term stability.
- France’s national elections saw unprecedented, but not wholly alarming, support for the far-right National Front party amid fatigue with the major parties.
- Under the guise of national security concerns, Australia has detained – indefinitely (thus far, up to five years), on secret evidence, and without assurance of a trial – 52 migrants from countries such as Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Moro, Marie Rose. 2014. Parenthood in Migration: How to Face Vulnerability. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 38(1): 13-27.
Confronting Child Labor in the Global Agricultural Supply Chains. University of California—Davis, School of Law. Friday, April 4, 2014
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher