Nas Abd Elal
By Nas Abd Elal
This summer, a couple of campus publications brought to light a contract that Columbia recently signed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. For a tidy sum of $150,000, the University’s National Center for Disaster Preparednesswill develop “medical protocols for assessing individuals trying to cross our Southern border.” From all appearances, these protocols will mainly be deployed at the short-term federal detention camps and processing centers near the border itself. However, the contract raises much broader questions about medical ethics and the University's increasingly cozy relationship with Border Patrol....