President Obama continues health care push Monday
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama meets with doctors from across the country for a morning Rose Garden event on health care.
The president will also deliver remarks on the need for health insurance reform.
Later Monday, the president huddles with his senior advisers in the Oval Office.
And in the afternoon, Obama holds a private White House meeting with his defense secretary, Robert Gates.
Senate finance committee expected to vote this week
After more than a week of working on its health care reform legislation, the Senate finance committee should take a vote on the mammoth bill by midweek, setting the stage for floor votes — and lots of speeches — on the floors of the House and the Senate, perhaps in the following week.
Reid’s at the Reins in Health-Care Battle
With the Senate Finance Committee finally poised to complete its work, the volatile health-care debate shifts into closed-door negotiations taking place around the conference room of Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).
Reid, the soft-talking son of a hard-rock miner, must weave together different health-care proposals from the Finance and health committees with similar goals of insuring millions of uninsured Americans in a way that does not raise the federal deficit. But the proposals differ in critical areas that threaten the outcome, placing Reid in the eye of an ideological storm for Democrats.
PhillyDeals: By Friday, panel gave states the insurance option
The Democrats who dominate Congress spent last week arguing with one another about whether and how the government ought to compete with private health insurers, under President Obama’s health-care expansion.
“You had people looking for any reason to slow down, which means ‘Stop the bill,’ ” Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) told me.
Immigration plan should draw crowd
The never-ending immigration debate will rear its head again in San Francisco Monday when a Board of Supervisors committee takes up a controversial proposal that would make it tougher for local police to hand over undocumented juveniles accused of crimes to federal authorities. The meeting is expected to draw a large crowd supporting the proposed law (we’re not sure whether the opposition has organized to come out as well – all public speakers will be allowed two minutes to tell the committee how they feel).
In Arizona desert, illegal immigration’s mysterious spike
Authorities work to decipher meaning of an influx of Chinese
NOGALES, ARIZ. – Amid an overall drop in arrests of illegal crossers at the U.S- Mexico border, an intriguing anomaly has cast new light on the global underworld of immigrant smuggling.
Authorities report an almost ten-fold spike in arrests of clandestine migrants from China in the southern Arizona desert, the busiest smuggling corridor on the international line.
Anti-immigration group FAIR mars smart reform push by faith groups
One Family Under God.
That is the name leaders of several religious traditions gave to a multilingual prayer service they held in Manhattan a few days ago. Its purpose: to show solidarity for fair and smart immigration reform.
“The need for comprehensive immigration reform remains as pressing as ever,” the religious leaders said in a written statement. “Our communities continue to suffer because of raids, anti-immigrant press, hate crimes against the immigrant community, and a broken immigration system that keeps at least 12 million people undocumented.”
Aching for Immigration Reform
It was a quiet and dull late August evening in 2008 both inside and outside Eye Adom African restaurant in the Bronx. The kitchen was teeming with prepared food and underutilized staff. Yet, beyond all the empty tables, Efo, the Ghanaian-American owner, sat excitedly, smiling at the live telecast of the Democratic National Convention. Efo had set up a projector for the occasion.
President Barack Obama was accepting the Democratic presidential nomination then, with a rousing speech in front of over 80,000 supporters at the Invesco Field in Denver. Efo toggled between MSNBC’s and CNN’s broadcasts during commercial breaks to be certain he missed nothing.
Halt to gov’t raids not an option to boost census
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the 2010 census six months away, the Commerce Department said Thursday it won’t seek a halt to immigration raids as it did in the previous census in hopes of improving participation in hard-to-count communities.
In a statement, the department said it is committed to an accurate count of U.S. residents, including both legal and illegal immigrants. Spokesman Nick Kimball said officials will not ask the Homeland Security Department to stop large-scale immigration raids during the high stakes count that begins April 1.
Study: Hispanics pumped $171 billion into Texas economy in 2008
Hispanic buying power in Texas is expected to jump 47 percent to $252 billion by 2013, according to a study by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.
The study found that Hispanic households contributed more that $171 billion to the Texas economy last year.