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After the Entry Ban, Why Danger Persists for Immigrants Living With HIV in the U.S.

Veteran Advocates Agree, HIV May Not Be an Immigrant's Biggest Problem Anymore

December 18, 2013

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Victoria Ojeda

Victoria Ojeda

Cristina Velez

Cristina Velez

As we move into the fifth year without the decades-old U.S. ban on entry and immigration for people living with HIV -- and enact visions of a country free of the Defense of Marriage Act -- what has changed for HIV-positive immigrants living with HIV, or vulnerable to becoming HIV positive, in the U.S.? "As long as we have a climate that's dangerous for immigrants," remarks longtime immigration justice advocate Dr. N. Ordover, "it's going to be dangerous for immigrants with HIV." caught up with three experts working in different areas of immigration and HIV, to map from multiple angles the current HIV landscape for immigrants in the U.S. Victoria Ojeda, Ph.D., of the University of California - San Diego School of Medicine, has researched immigrant health issues in the U.S. for 15 years, the last eight in Mexico working on issues of deportee health and HIV vulnerability; N. Ordover, Ph.D., was a founder and leader of the Coalition to Lift the Bar -- an alliance of HIV, immigrant, human rights, and LGBTQ service and advocacy organizations and individuals living with HIV, which successfully campaigned to overturn the HIV entry ban -- and a member of UNAIDS' international team convened to address the issue of bans on entry and residence among people with HIV worldwide; and Cristina Velez is the supervising attorney in the immigration practice at HIV Law Project in New York City, which recently merged with Housing Works to become the largest legal service provider for people living with HIV in the New York area.

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Comment by: Mo Cameron (Texas) Wed., Sep. 23, 2015 at 8:25 pm UTC
Your freedom to be you must allow my freedom to be free from you. We need another country on this continent.

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Comment by: Skip (Chicago, IL) Fri., Jul. 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm UTC
I think this article gets a few points very wrong. Mexico has a national health care system. Many HIV positive Mexican nationals would be better off returning home and receiving care in their home country. Furthermore, the statements about New York city housing are particularly disturbing. With so many Americans desperately searching for housing, how can anyone expect those who illegally entered the US to take spots? In general, social benefits are for Americans. If someone wants to come to the US, they are free to apply for a visa and come when it is approved. If someone breaks the law (jumping ahead of those who are properly entering the country), then they should never be allowed to obtain benefits.

With so much pressure by right-wing groups to take away what little benefits we have left for America's poor, articles such as this do little more than provide ammunition for the radical right to claim that Medicaid, Housing Choice Vouchers, Section 8,... are nothing more than gifts to illegal alien drug addicts. I admire activists trying to assist those in need, but there are plenty of Americans who can use assistance. There are young American trans men whose families kick them out and they need housing and assistance finding employment. There is no point in taking resources from the American needy to help people who should not even be in the US, especially those from countries such as Mexico that provide universal health care.
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Comment by: Atlasobjectivist (Chicago, IL) Wed., Aug. 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm UTC
Well Skip, we can at least agree not to take from needy Americans and stopping illegal immigration would certainly help in that regard. The fact that illegal immigrants obtain these much needed services only shows how out of control government programs are. First things first, stop the flow of illegal immigration. Vote Trump 2016.

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