During the debate over the 2010 federal health care overhaul, Democrats promised that illegal immigrants wouldn’t be among the 27 million people who’d gain coverage. President Barack Obama repeated that pledge last month when he outlined his immigration plan.
But while federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid, a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor pays about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants. Most of it goes to reimburse hospitals for delivering babies for women who show up in their emergency rooms, according to interviews with hospital officials and studies.
Read more at Kaiser Health News
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Tech companies are hoping that Congress this year will meet their demands for foreign workers. Despite high unemployment among Americans with tech skills, the companies claim that they face labor shortages.
Read more at Politico.
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the House will pass amnesty for illegal aliens if the Senate does so. McCain, a longtime amnesty supporter, expressed his viewpoint in an interview with Univision, a Spanish-language network. The senator also stated that passage of amnesty would help Republicans get Hispanic votes.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — For at least the last two years, court documents and federal drug agents say, illegal immigrants have been funneled to the Springfield, Mo., area and, at times, used as unwilling participants in the local distribution of Mexican methamphetamine.
After paying a fee, these illegal immigrants — from Mexico, Honduras and elsewhere — are brought to the Ozarks under the belief they will get good jobs and make enough money to improve the lives of their families left in home countries.
Read more at USA Today
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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said on Sunday the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States must have “a pathway to citizenship” under any immigration reform bill passed by Congress.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and some other Republicans have supported such a move for the children of illegal immigrants, but not the adults. Many conservatives reject such an approach as amnesty and are vehemently opposed.
But Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said any legislative deal must include all illegal immigrants, regardless of age.
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Business interests represented by the Chamber of Commerce are seeking common ground with union bosses, such as Richard Trumka of the AFL- CIO, to promote amnesty for illegal aliens. One area of disagreement in the past has been the issue of including a provision for guest workers with amnesty legislation. Business has favored guest workers, while labor hasn’t.
Read more at The New York Times.
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A new survey on the effects of the economic downturn shows many more Americans than previously reported have been profoundly touched by joblessness and its related hardships.
In addition, the survey, by scholars at Rutgers University, shows more Americans than previously thought blame illegal immigration for the problem of unemployment — more than blame Wall Street bankers, or George W. Bush, or Barack Obama.
So what is Washington doing amid these deep economic anxieties? Working on a bipartisan plan that would begin with the mass, immediate legalization of illegal immigrants, before any border security or enforcement measures.
That those two facts exist simultaneously — deep fears about the economy and a political fixation on immigration reform — is just one illustration of a disconnect between national political leaders and the people who elected them.
Read more at The Washington Examiner
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Sen. Jeff Sessions is slamming President Barack Obama’s closed-door meetings with lobbyists pushing greater immigration, including the business interests that profit from low-wage labor by skilled and unskilled immigrants.
“Obama is meeting privately with the most powerful men in finance and business to discuss how to bring in more low-wage labor at a time when millions of Americans can’t earn enough to pay their bills,” Sessions said in a statement to The Daily Caller.
“Republicans should seize this issue as a crucial moment in history to stand up for the working people of this county, and to defend them against elite Washington interests,” he said.
Read more at The Daily Caller
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A poll commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies found that 52 percent of likely voters want illegal aliens to return home, while 33 percent favor legal status for illegals. Fifty-three percent said they were more likely to vote for a party supporting immigration law enforcement., while 32 percent said they would incline to a party supporting amnesty.
Read more at Fox Latino News.
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Democrat senators addressing a group of Hispanic media outlets said they will take a hard-line position on amnesty, specifically stating that legislation granting it must allow illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship. Some Republicans in Congress have supported amnesty without permitting illegal aliens to apply for citizenship. Said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), “This notion that we can have a comprehensive bill and not include a path to citizenship is unacceptable.”
Read more at ABC News.
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