News Clips Sept. 24, 2009

Compromising on Health Care

Gail Collins: David, lately I’ve been running into a lot of people who are tearing their hair out over the state of the nation, the awfulness of the political discourse, etc, etc. The most acute cases seem to be among the sane Republicans.

Fifty-one votes for health care?

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has got his hands full this week trying to move his health care bill through the Senate Finance Committee (see today’s USA TODAY story here), but many lawmakers are looking ahead to how the debate could unfold once the legislation hits in the Senate floor.

Why Democrats Are Winning The Health Care Debate

American medicine is socializing itself.
September has been a tough month for Democrats. In an attempt to shore up public support for his health-reform proposals, President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress; his ideas became less popular. After extensive negotiations with Republicans, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., released his bipartisan health-reform plan last week, sans the bipartisan support.

Special visas help abused illegal immigrants

By JULIANA BARBASSA (AP) – 17 hours ago

OAKLAND, Calif. — For years, Laura Teresa Leon Sanchez says, she was beaten, raped and robbed by her boyfriend. If she tried to leave, he threatened to have her deported.

“I was a ghost. I was nothing,” said the Mexico City native who was living in the United States illegally. “He would say, ‘I’ll call immigration, and just like this, you’ll be gone.'”

Students rally for change to U.S. immigration policy

University of Florida students rallied Wednesday in support of giving undocumented students a path to citizenship, winning the backing of UF President Bernie Machen.

The rally was part of nationwide efforts to promote passage of the federal DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants who graduate high school in the U.S. to gain legal status.

Students rally for DREAM Act support

Armed with bilingual signs and chants of “we want to follow our dreams,” a group of riled-up Denver-metro students yesterday did their best to reignite the debate over immigration reform and higher education.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would grant in-state tuition to the children of undocumented residents and provide a pathway for select students to achieve citizenship. Although the bill was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on March 26, 2009, it has yet to be heard on the floor of either chamber.

The crowd of approximately 75 high school and college students staged a “walk-in” to the Auraria Campus in hopes of bringing attention and momentum back to the proposed legislation. The rally was one of more than 100 similar events being held throughout the country yesterday.

Immigrant Students Rally For Higher Education

APOPKA — More than 100 hundred students from Wekiva High School and Apopka High School participated in a march to support the Dream Act.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is part of a national youth led coalition that seeks equal rights for students that don’t have a legal status in the country.

As many as 125 events across the nation were held Wednesday as part of a national initiative called Back to School Dream Act Day of Action.

Brooklyn family keeps Latino-Jewish traditions alive

BROOKLYN, New York (CNN) — Every Friday evening, the Nunez family sits down to a traditional religious dinner.

Like most families in their Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, their Jewish Sabbath meal includes blessings over the wine and bread, the company of family and friends and excellent food.

But for the Nunez family, the Sabbath table would not be complete without salsa picada and jalapeno dip.

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