A look at health care plans in Congress
Health care legislation is taking shape in the House and Senate as President Barack Obama pushes to overhaul the system to cover millions of uninsured Americans and contain rising costs. Details are still being negotiated and any final health care bill would have to meld proposals from the House and Senate. A look at various proposals:
Senate committee completes health care debate
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Senate Finance Committee completed debate on proposed health care legislation early Friday.
The Finance Committee was the last congressional panel to consider a health care reform bill. It finished its work at 2:18 a.m. and plans to vote next week, after the bill’s final language has been made public and the Congressional Budget Office has provided final cost figures.
Framingham, Barnstable no longer enforcing US immigration laws
Two Massachusetts law enforcement agencies – the Framingham police and the Barnstable County sheriff’s department – are no longer enrolled in a controversial program that let them enforce federal immigration laws.
The program had stirred anger and fear among advocates for immigrants who said it would terrify immigrants and deter them from reporting crimes.
Agency Plans for Visa Push by Residents Made Legal
Although President Obama has put off an immigration overhaul until next year, the federal agency in charge of approving visas is planning ahead for the possibility of giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, the agency’s director said Thursday.
Immigration reform: economic common sense
Because of illegal or disputed status, millions of immigrant workers holding U.S. jobs continue to live hybrid lives that make utterly no sense morally or economically.
While living in the shadows to avoid deportation, 50 to 75 percent of them nevertheless pay local and federal taxes and even contribute $7 billion to Social Security coffers, not to mention producing profitable goods and services for employers and serving consumer needs.
Census Gets Some Latino Help and Needs It
The census can be a hard sell in some Hispanic communities.
Fears that the information illegal immigrants give to the census could lead to their deportation is partly responsible for Latinos being undercounted in the 2000 Census by an estimated 3 percent.
Groups seek Hispanic count in census
WASHINGTON — A national coalition of nonprofits, faith leaders and Spanish-language media is joining the federal government to encourage Hispanics to ensure they are counted in the 2010 census.
U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves on Thursday helped launch the new campaign called “It’s Time, Make Yourself Count,” which will air public service announcements promoting the census in Spanish-language media.
Hispanic group urges Census boycott for immigration change
Friday, October 02, 2009
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
PRINCETON BOROUGH — A potential boycott of the 2010 U.S. Census as a tool to change immigration policy was a topic of impassioned discussion at a forum on Hispanics and the population count at Princeton University this week.
Organizers say Latino Heritage Week strengthens community
FARMINGTON — A weeklong celebration of Latino culture at San Juan College wrapped up Thursday, and organizers believe it helped build camaraderie within the local Hispanic community.
The college’s Student Activities Office partnered with Engaging Latino Communities for Education, or ENLACE, and student Latino club Los Compañeros to put together the second annual Latino Heritage Week.