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Latinos and the health care reform, 10/9-10/16

17 Oct
Hastings Center LogoLatino voters support health care reform, not the insurance mandate, Latino Decisions, 10/13/11.
New resource to clarify health care reform for undocumented patients, Medical News Today, 10/13/11
Like any other group in this country, Latinos are mixed about their support for the new health care reform law. A nation wide poll of 600 Latino voters found limited support for the affordable care act. Asked whether the law should stand, 50% said yes, compared to 29% who said no. Asked whether they were in favor of mandated insurance, a much less popular, albeit necessary feature of the act, 59% were against, compared to 32% who were in favor. There was large opposition to cuts to Medicare, with 73% opposed. Adding to the confusion, there is little clarity on what the new reform means for undocumented people.
A new effort lead by the Hastings Center a non-partisan research institution will attempt to shed light on access to health care for undocumented individuals. Many assume that they or their children do not have access to the medical where this is not the case. For example, a US born child, who has undocumented parents, does have access to health care: this is not always understood.The report will investigate how doctors and organizations navigate the challenges of serving undocumented patients. Specifically, the report with look at how laws, policies, and financial constraints are dealt with to provide health care. Along with a final report, the Hastings center will put forth a website with resources for the public.In other news
Apeals court blocks part of Alabama law, Reuters, 10/14/11
Appeals filed by the DOJ and immigrants rights groups stopped the part of the law that required public schools to keep records on immigration status of students and the part making it a crime to be in the streets without papers.Immigrant Groups to DOJ: In Alabama the situation is dire, HUFFPO, 10/10/11
Ironically, many immigrants are fleeing the state during “Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.” The law that targets immigrants has created an atmosphere of uncertainty, and has led many in the state to leave while the courts determine where the law is constitutional. DOJ has taken a proactive role to protect individuals from abuses, meeting with immigrant groups and setting up toll-free lines for people to report abuses stemming from the new law. One Alabama Latino said, “I never thought I’d be hanging out with the FBI and the Department of Justice so much, but they’re on our side,”

Latinos in Alabama are not going down quietly, ABC News, 10/12/11
Latino workers with authorization to work are standing in solidarity with the undocumented immigrants of Alabama to protest the repressive HB56. Chicken processing plants will be closed due to the work stoppages. One web commenter stated, “We must be united to be a force, now more than ever.”

Dayton Ohio has plans to become an immigrant friendly city, Reuters, 10/13/11
In a much different approach to immigration, Dayton Ohio hopes to prevent population loss and stimulate the economy by legislating a welcoming environment. Similar approaches have been taken by northern cities Detroit and Cleveland.

Immigration from Central America into México plummets, FOX News Latino, 10/11/11
Mexican government official cites extortion, kidnapping, and disappearances as the reason for the dramatic decrease in immigration into Mexico. Since 2005, unauthorized immigration has dropped from 433,000 a year in 2005 to 140,000 in 2010.