The Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia City Council Bars Medical Deportations, Citing 2012 NYLPI/Seton Hall Report

December 21, 2023

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Media Coverage, News, Pro Bono Clearinghouse

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The Philadelphia City Council passed a law barring ‘medical deportations’, citing NYLPI’s 2012 report about asylum seekers’ barriers to life-saving healthcare.

Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation” is a project that grew into our vital UndocuCare program. A collaborative project of Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), this report utilizes a human rights framework to critique the widespread but barely publicized practice of forced or coerced medical repatriations of immigrant patients.

Through this practice, private and public hospitals in the United States are engaged in unlawful, and frequently extrajudicial, deportations of ill or injured immigrant patients to medical facilities abroad, completely circumventing the federal government’s exclusive authority to deport individuals.

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