“So-called undocumented immigrants have a legal right to subsidized healthcare,” Christian Democrat head and social affairs minister Göran Hägglund said at a Thursday morning press conference unveiling the migration policy agreement.
The healthcare agreement will give undocumented immigrants who entered Sweden illegally the same rights currently offered to legal asylum seekers.
Children up to 18 years of age will have the right to health coverage. Adults will also receive subsidized care for conditions that require urgent medical attention.
Maria Ferm of the Greens thanked the government for the cooperation on the issue, which her party says was key to a previous pledge to work with the centre-right Alliance parties on a common immigration policy.
“Children and adults are getting an extended right to healthcare and I want to say thank you that we are able to ensure an important step in human rights. The right to healthcare is a human right,” she said.
The original goal of the Green party was to provide the same healthcare rights for undocumented immigrants as those with permanent residence permits in Sweden.
Although this goal won’t be achieved, Green Party spokesperson Åsa Romsonsees the proposal as a step in the right direction.
“This has been a really important reform for the undocumented immigrants to have confidence in Swedish healthcare and to be able to get care when they need it, and to be able to turn to the hospital and health clinics,” she said.
The biggest success, according to her, is that children under 18 will have the same rights as Swedish children.
This means that they will not only have the right to emergency care, but also to dentistry and preventive care.
THIS is healthcare reform.
Imagine if the United States were this humane.
What the Heck Is Homeland Security Doing With $180 Million in Drones Mostly Sitting Around?
A few years ago, the Border Patrol started buying unarmed Predator drones. By the end of 2011, they had 10 of these $18 million machines, and very little idea of what exactly they wanted to do with them.
That’s my takeaway from a new report released by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security. The drones only flew 37 percent as often as they were supposed to, logging 3,909 hours in the air in a 12-month period that should have seen them in the air for more than 10,000 hours.
One big problem, according to the report, is that there weren’t enough ground stations and support. This is like signing an expensive free-agent running back but forgetting you need offensive linemen. Drones are sexy! The ground control stations that run the drones, not so much.
This does what for our community? Couldn’t this money be funding something our community needs?
The Justice Department released new rules yesterday designed to curb sexual abuse in federal and state detention facilities, including stricter hiring requirements for guards, more gender-segregated conditions for detainees and an improved system for reporting incidents.
But the rules won’t immediately govern immigration detention facilities overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
As we reported in last fall’s Lost in Detention, immigrants detained in such facilities filed more than 170 allegations of sexual abuse in the last four years, according to government documents obtained by FRONTLINE and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The tasing death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas involving Border Patrol agents is the subject of a new documentary to air Friday on PBS. The program reveals new footage that shows a crowd of agents surrounding Hernandez Rojas while he lays on the ground.
“First Look: Crossing the Line” looks at the alleged use of excessive force by border agents against illegal immigrants. In the past two years, eight individuals have been killed along the border under disputed circumstances. The case of Hernandez Rojas, who died in May 2010, has raised numerous questions and kicked off an investigation by authorities.
“The report raises questions about accountability. Because border agents are part of the Department of Homeland Security, they are not subjected to the same public scrutiny as police officers who use their weapons. It also questions whether, in the rush to secure the border, agents are being adequately trained. And it raises the question: Why aren’t these cases being prosecuted?” according to PBS.
The show was created in partnership with the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute, which provides editorial support and research grants to reporters undertaking investigative journalism. It will air in San Diego at 8:30 p.m. Friday on KPBS.
Now, after nearly three years in the Obama White House, (Cecilia) Muñoz’s credibility is shot. That became clear on Oct. 18 when PBS’ “Frontline” aired a powerful episode called “Lost in Detention,” which told heartbreaking stories of immigrant families that have been callously separated by the Obama administration.
Muñoz was interviewed for the segment. Her response: “Even if the law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children.”
Is it cold in here, or is it just her?
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The USA does not need another fatherless Latino child. Uriel is necessary for Julian to become a citizen of this nation.
Opinion: Romney’s nail in the coffin with Latino voters
Mitt Romney’s long struggle to lock up the GOP nomination comes at the expense of appealing to Latinos. (Flickr: Gage Skidmore)
By FABIAN NUÑEZ
This week could prove to be a turning point for Mitt Romney, in ways good and bad.
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney offered a more open mind on immigration. but as a candidate in Arizona, he’s positioned himself to the right of controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio. Romney called the unconstitutional Arizona law that allows police to racially profile Latinos based on appearance a “model” for the nation. This came after he recently blasted the Dream Act, which would help kids go to college, as a handout and committed to vetoing it. He also now talks about his plans for “self-deportation,” the fantasy that 11 million undocumented people will present themselves and leave the country.