News Round Up In-Brief
- A 12-year-old girl, Noemi Álvarez Quillay, committed suicide in a children’s shelter on the border after she was picked up by police in Juárez on her second attempt to travel, alone but in the company of smugglers, the long journey from Nicaragua to her parents in the Bronx.
- Twelve people were arrested April 28 in a protest at the White House against deportations.
- On April 30, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. protested deportations by projecting a 60-by-90-foot video onto the side of the union’s headquarters in Washington.
- New Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said comprehensive immigration reform would be necessary to end unjust deportations and keep families together.
- Advocates in California are preparing undocumented immigrants to pass the state driver’s license test once licenses become available to them in 2015.
- The Los Angeles Times takes stock of current health care avenues for undocumented immigrants, after the Senate approved a bill to extend Medi-Cal to this population.
- A Superior Court judge in Fresno County overturned the provision of a 30-year-old court order that barred county officials from turning away potential patients of its state-supported health care program because of their immigration status.
- While John Boehner has said he is “hell-bent” on passing comprehensive reform, conservative activists are pushing opposition to immigration reform in primaries around the country. Advocates on the right and left anticipate a small window for reform early in the summer, after most of the Republican primaries.
- Health and Human Services Department data suggest that Latino enrollment in the Affordable Care Act system, last measured at 11 percent, is lagging behind the administration’s goals.
- Janet Jarman’s photo series depicting the daily life of a family in Matamoros, Mexico is now the conversational centerpiece of a study of how medical professionals view and interact with their immigrant patients.
- Sheriffs in nine Oregon counties said they would no longer comply with the 48-hour hold requests, called detainers, issued against immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- While in strong support, the NYT Editorial Board cautions city officials and immigrants alike about the implications of a potential municipal ID card.
- A report by the Migration Policy Institute found that 75 percent of immigrants removed through the widely criticized Secure Communities program had criminal convictions of some kind, but (crucially) the report did not break down the numbers between misdemeanors and felonies, nor did it identify how many were charged only for “illegal entry” at the border.
- The Huffington Post published a handy and short history lesson on some of the historical push factors for Latin American immigration.
- The Florida Senate voted to make undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. as children eligible for in-state tuition.
- The Huffington Post spoke to five DREAMers about their morphing advocacy efforts within and beyond the immigrant rights movement.
- The Canadian government slashed funding for refugee mental health programs, leaving British Columbia with three free service providers to serve about 2,000 new refugees to the province each year.
- Kuwait deported an HIV-positive non-citizen in accordance with its own “security and health regulations.”
- Professor Caroline de Costa in Australia comments on the lack of adequate prenatal care at the Nauru offshore asylum seeker processing center, following up on her December 2013 investigation.
- Ruth De Souza, another academic observing Australia’s immigration policies, sheds light on the “uniquely cruel policy of mandatory, indefinite detention and offshore processing” and its impact on young families.
- A group of 16 Chinese immigrants trying to cross into Vietnam without authorization, thought possibly to be of the Uighur minority – including four women and two children – put up armed resistance to Vietnamese border guards in an incident that ended in several suicides.
- Documented, by undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, takes viewers through his childhood and the development of a professional life in America without papers.
- Who is Dayani Cristal? mixes forensic photos and commentary with reenactment in an attempt to trace the last steps of a migrant who died on the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Arnold, Christine, Jason Theede, and Anita Gagnon. 2014. A qualitative exploration of access to urban migrant healthcare in Nairobi, Kenya. Social Science & Medicine 110 (June 2014): 1-9.
- City & Society Special Issue: Everyday Enforcement: Heightened Immigration Enforcement and Community Responses in the United States. Volume 26, Issue 1 (April 2014).
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher.
Categories: News Round Up In-Brief