News Clips Oct. 6, 2009

Vote on Key Health Bill Delayed for Cost Report

Senators learned Monday that a committee vote on health-care reform will be pushed back to later this week, and perhaps into next week, as they await an estimate on how much the overhaul would cost.
But if the news of the delayed vote disappointed them, Democratic leaders in the Senate took heart from pro-reform statements from some high-profile Republicans, including former Senate majority leader Bill Frist and former health and human services secretary Tommy G. Thompson.

President Obama Delivers Remarks to Doctors on Health Insurance Reform

CQ Transcriptions
Monday, October 5, 2009; 11:18 AM


[*] OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you, guys.

Thank you. Please have a seat on this spectacular day here in the Rose Garden.

I want to welcome all the doctors who have joined us today at the White House, but there are a couple that I want to make special mention of.

Civil-Rights Groups Launch Health-Care Ad Blitz

A coalition of major African-American and Latino groups announced Monday that it is stepping into the health-care debate with a six-figure ad blitz aimed at promoting reform.

A half-dozen groups — the NAACP National Voter Fund, the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Campaign for Community Change, the United States Student Association and — are banding together to run television and print ads in four states with large minority populations: Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas. (Two of those four states have senators on the Finance Committee.) A spokesman for the group said the total ad buy would cost between $250,000 and $500,000.

Civil Rights Groups Join Together in Health Care Debate

Major minority and civil rights groups are joining together to enter the health care debate, launching a series of ads in states with moderate senators and large minority populations.

The ad, a version of which is shown at left, links the decades-long push for health care reform to civil rights. Versions of the ad will run in English and Spanish in Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas — specifically targeting Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), George LeMieux (R-Fla.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

Obama Reaches Past Congress for Health Care Support

WASHINGTON — Opening a new front in the effort to promote its plans for an overhaul of the nation’s health care system, the Obama administration is courting support from Republicans and independents some distance from Capitol Hill, and aggressively publicizing the results.
In a statement distributed by the White House, Tommy G. Thompson, the former Republican presidential candidate, health and human services secretary and four-term governor of Wisconsin, offered strong praise Monday for the legislation nearing approval by the Senate Finance Committee.

U.S. to Revise Detention Standards for Immigration Detainees

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expected on Tuesday to unveil an outline of sweeping changes for the nation’s immigration-detention system, saying it will decide whom to lock up and for how long based on the danger and flight risk posed by detainees.

Officials familiar with the report said the administration is pledging to revise detention standards and will turn to the private sector for ideas, asking for proposals to construct two model facilities.

Immigration and the census

The mass firing of undocumented workers at American Apparel in Los Angeles is an injustice, even if it does have a legal basis. It is sad that sanctions against employers who hire the undocumented have taken aim at a company that treats its employees with respect, rather than those that exploit them and their immigration status.

This shouldn’t happen. The strict enforcement of these penalties should be part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill whose components include legalization for those with regular jobs who have been building their lives in this country, as the employees of American Apparel. Now it seems that the much feared immigration raids have been halted for the moment. Now, rather than being deported, heads of households just lose their jobs… some consolation.

“Toughest Sheriff in America” Stripped of ICE Agent Status

PHOENIX, AZ — Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Friday that he is “furious” about the new 287(g) agreement between the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department (MCSO) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to a statement released by MCSO Monday evening, the new 287(g) agreement has “stripped Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies of their ICE agent status to act as federal immigration authorities.”

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Verification of illegal immigrants is scrutinized amid healthcare debate

Los Angeles County health worker Leonardo Rincon lifts the birth certificate up to the light and expertly scrutinizes it. Do faint watermarks show up? Yes. He rubs his thumb over the official seal to see if it is raised. It is. He checks the number of digits in the document number. Perfect.

Ruth Torres, he decides, has brought in valid U.S. birth certificates for her six children, a valid U.S. passport for her husband and a valid green card for herself, a legal immigrant from Mexico. The family will continue to receive public healthcare benefits, as least for the next year.,0,560019.story

GOP loses by spurning Hispanics

Inever met President Reagan, but he knew a thing or two on the subject of understanding and valuing Hispanics. As California governor, he saw firsthand the respect for family, work ethic and core values that Hispanics brought to our country. As a presidential candidate, he tapped into the Latino psyche, gained our trust and gained our votes.

EVER WONDERED how the Supreme Court works?

Ever get into a fight with your sister, say, over who spilled the soda on your iPod? Your sister blames you and claims you bumped her into the soda, causing the spill. You blame her because her elbow knocked over the soda.

Inquiry Looks at Treatment of Latinos by Suffolk Police

Federal authorities have opened an investigation into allegations of “discriminatory policing” by the Suffolk County Police Department over how officers responded to reports of crimes against Latinos, a Justice Department spokesman said Monday.


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