President Bush has signed into law a repeal of the statutory ban on foreign nationals with HIV/AIDS entering the U.S.
The next and final step in removing this policy requires the Department of Health and Human Services to remove HIV from its regulation listing "communicable diseases of public health significance." 42 CFR 34.2(b). No word yet on whether the Bush Administration will finish the job, or whether we will have to wait until next year to move this forward. (Obama has said that he will remove the ban; McCain has not committed himself.)
For more of the background and history on this issue, check out the interview with Victoria Neilson, legal director of Immigration Equality, on The Slippery Slope, a new legal podcast hosted by Assistant Professor Meredith Miller. Her podcasts on a variety of high visibility legal issues add a nice twist on law blogs and a creative use of the web. And – I can’t help but note – she’s a former student of mine. Mazel tov!