New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she plans a new push to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
Martinez, who has tried to get the law repealed twice before, described it as dangerous in a post on her official Facebook page.
“I am once again asking the legislature to repeal the law that gives driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants,” said Martinez, a Republican. “I am always willing to discuss this issue with legislators from both parties and explore ways to find common ground, but I believe the most effective solution is to simply repeal this dangerous law.”
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Medicare payments to health care providers for services rendered to illegal aliens totaled more than $91.6 million from 2009 to 2011, a new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General revealed.
The $91.6 million in claims went toward services for a 2,575 illegal aliens. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) records, however, identified over 29,100 beneficiaries that were in the country illegally at some point in the timeframe the IOG investigated.
The inspector general’s office limited its audit to those 2,575 to look “at whether CMS had adequate controls to prevent and detect improper payments for Medicare services rendered to unlawfully present individuals
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Fox News, which once offered commentary against amnesty, now appears to support it. Fox commentators Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, who previously opposed amnesty, have endorsed the legalization of illegal aliens. The network may be following the direction of its owner, Rupert Murdoch, who advocates “sweeping, generous immigration reform,” including a “pathway to citizenship” for illegals.
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A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted that private agencies involved in refugee resettlement receive substantial public funding for their work. Three months after resettlement the agencies have no further responsibility for the refugees who commonly sign up for public assistance programs. In the past, refugee sponsors had to pay resettlement costs out of their own pockets. The largest resettlement agency is the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which conducts resettlement though its affiliate, Catholic Charities.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Legislation to provide financial aid and other assistance to college-bound illegal immigrants is gaining political support in New York a year after the idea withered in Albany and Washington.
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act is being pushed by powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Now, fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Republicans who share control of the state Senate are interested in discussing the bill.
Known as the Dream Act, the bill would provide a way to help poor immigrant families afford college through the state Tuition Assistance Plan and academic assistance programs. It would also create a commission to raise money for scholarships.
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Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) on Tuesday said he hopes legislation aimed at retaining foreign-born engineers and graduates with advanced technical degrees won’t be held “hostage” in the political battle over comprehensive immigration reform.
Moran said he plans to introduce an updated version of his Startup Act 2.0 this month, which includes a provision that would create a new visa allowing foreign students who graduate with a master’s or Ph.D. in engineering, science or math fields from a U.S. university to get a green card. The bill also includes measures that would ease tax and regulatory rules, as well as support university initiatives to bring research to the marketplace more quickly.
Moran said he’s been told that the bill would stand a better chance of passing if he removed the visa provision, but he contends that the measure is the most critical part of the bill.
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With leaders from both parties calling on Congress to take up immigration reform this year, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been meeting with news outlets and conservative opinion-shapers to lay out his vision for a plan that would offer temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants. Those applying would have to pass background checks and other tests designed to eventually lead from permanent residency to citizenship.
Though he has not yet introduced legislation, in trumpeting his sweeping proposals Rubio has seized a torch that in recent years burned several similarly ambitious Republican politicians. But in a sign of how quickly the parameters of the debate on this issue have shifted since President Obama’s re-election, prominent conservatives — many of whom were vocal in their opposition to previous similar plans — have been lavishing praise on Rubio’s ideas for reform.
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Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL), a leading amnesty advocate in the Senate, said chances are good that the Senate will pass legislation granting legal status to illegal aliens. He described such legislation as “comprehensive immigration reform,” the term amnesty supporters use to describe their agenda. Durbin said he didn’t know about chances for passage in the House.
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Despite widespread unemployment of Americans in high-tech fields, President Obama called for more foreign high-tech workers in his inaugural address. Specifically, he maintained that foreigners graduating from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in engineering, math and science should be allowed to remain and take American jobs.
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California’s Hispanic population is slated to become the state’s majority ethnicity by the end of this year according to a new report by the governor’s office.
New ethnicity trends outlined in Gov Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 budget proposal revealed the state’s expected new majority while reasoning the state’s declining birth rates and increasing migration as causes.
As early as July Hispanics are expected to be equal in size to non-Hispanic whites before outpacing them, according to the report, with both demographics in that month reaching 39 per cent of the population.
Read more at The Daily Mail
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