Author Archives: Nancy Berlinger

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 […]

Field Notes: Out of the Shadows

One of the inter­est­ing things about start­ing a new research project is its uncer­tain­ty. You’re not yet sure what you think about the issues you’re about to explore. I was remind­ed of this recent­ly when, with col­leagues here at the Cen­ter, I start­ed work on a project on undoc­u­ment­ed patients in the U.S. health care […]