Author Archives: Nancy Berlinger

Beyond Breaking News: Ways of Seeing Migrants and Their Children

In his icon­ic 1977 essay on migra­tion, A Sev­enth Man: A Book of Images and Words about the Expe­ri­ence of Migrant Work­ers in Europe, John Berg­er wrote: “To try to under­stand the expe­ri­ence of anoth­er it is nec­es­sary to dis­man­tle the world as seen from one’s own place with­in it, and to reassem­ble it as seen […]

Migrants’ Lives, Immigration Policy, and Ethics Work

The Russ­ian poet Anna Akhma­to­va was a moth­er sep­a­rat­ed from her child by a state pol­i­cy of ter­ror. Dur­ing the 1930s, she and oth­er moth­ers would gath­er out­side a Leningrad prison, des­per­ate for infor­ma­tion. One day, after 17 months of “wait­ing in prison queues,” anoth­er woman whis­pered to her, “‘Could one ever describe this?’ And […]

Shocking the Conscience: Justice Department versus the Health of Immigrant Women and Children

In April, the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment announced that it would crim­i­nal­ly pros­e­cute migrants who had been appre­hend­ed after cross­ing the U.S.-Mexico. bor­der. An imme­di­ate con­se­quence of this announce­ment, explained in detail here, is the sep­a­ra­tion of chil­dren from their par­ents. Rather than allow­ing fam­i­lies to stay togeth­er in an immi­grant deten­tion cen­ter while await­ing a hear­ing […]

Health Care Access for Undocumented Immigrants under the Trump Administration

Health care access is local; cre­at­ing, financ­ing, expand­ing, or restrict­ing health care access for a low-income pop­u­la­tion involves local, state, and fed­er­al poli­cies. What will be the fate of these state and local efforts under the new admin­is­tra­tion?

Fair Care

Emma’s sto­ry, in show­ing the real­i­ty of glob­al eco­nom­ic migra­tion, rais­es sig­nif­i­cant ques­tions about glob­al ethics. The cur­rent sys­tem has many ben­e­fits: poor nations receive remit­tances from fam­i­ly mem­bers work­ing abroad, while rich nations are pro­vid­ed with a labor source for low-sta­­tus work and with a mar­ket for goods used pri­mar­i­ly by low-wage migrants. Employ­ers […]

The Supreme Court and Health Care Access for Undocumented Immigrants

The fol­low­ing com­men­tary is re-post­ed from Bioethics Forum, a blog of The Hast­ings Cen­ter. The Supreme Court announced that it will hear a legal chal­lenge to Pres­i­dent Obama’s 2014 exec­u­tive action to pro­tect an esti­mat­ed five mil­lion undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants from depor­ta­tion and per­mit them to work legal­ly. The imple­men­ta­tion of the Deferred Action for Par­ents of Amer­i­cans […]

No ID in NC: Undocumented Immigrants and the Identification Problem

The fol­low­ing com­men­tary is re-post­ed from Bioethics Forum, a blog of The Hast­ings Cen­ter. On Octo­ber 28, North Car­oli­na Gov­er­nor Pat McCro­ry signed HB 318, the “Pro­tect North Car­oli­na Work­ers Act.” This new exam­ple of state-lev­­el anti-immi­­grant leg­is­la­tion, a trend that had been cur­tailed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 deci­sion in Ari­zona v. Unit­ed States, is aimed […]

Get with the Program

Jef­frey Toobin, in his arti­cle about the Flo­re­ses, a mixed-sta­­tus fam­i­ly, describes a “com­pre­hen­sive break­down in pub­lic pol­i­cy” with regard to immi­gra­tion reform (“Amer­i­can Lim­bo,” July 27th). I write as a co-direc­­tor of the Undoc­u­ment­ed Patients Project at the Hast­ings Cen­ter. Fam­i­lies like the Flo­re­ses have also been sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly exclud­ed from pub­lic ben­e­fits that pro­vide […]

Undocumented Dreamers” and the Health of the Dreamers

Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty Chica­go Stritch School of Medicine’s recent announce­ment that it would accept appli­ca­tions from Dream­ers – young undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants eli­gi­ble for Deferred Action on Child­hood Arrivals (DACA) sta­tus – is an inno­v­a­tive and wel­come response to the promise implic­it in DACA. The idea that young peo­ple who had been brought to the U.S. as […]

The Ethics of Advocacy for Undocumented Patients

Nan­cy Berlinger and Rajeev Ragha­van, “The Ethics of Advo­ca­cy for Undoc­u­ment­ed Patients,” Hast­ings Cen­ter Report 43, no. 1 (2013): 14–17. DOI: 10.1.002/hast.126 Abstract: Approx­i­mate­ly 11.2 mil­lion undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants have set­tled in the Unit­ed States. Pro­vid­ing health care to these res­i­dents is an every­day con­cern for the clin­i­cians and health care orga­ni­za­tions who serve them. Uncer­tain how to […]