9   What Does the 2010 Affordable Care Act Mean for Securing Immigrant Health in North America?

Nielan Barnes

This chapter addresses the problem of institutional void(s) in relation to securing adequate access to health and health care for immigrants in North America. Within the post–North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) context, North America has increasingly relied on temporary migrant and immigrant labor from the global South (particularly Mexico) as the United States and Canada have expanded temporary labor programs to meet the need for agricultural and low-skilled workers. Arguably, because migrants and immigrants are not citizens, the nation-state is not responsible for meeting their legal, health and human service or advocacy needs. ...

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