News Clips Nov. 20, 2009

U.S. Census Assures Undocumented Immigrants Their Data is Confidential

LAS VEGAS — U.S. Census Bureau officials assured an audience of Asian and Pacific Islander community leaders, including Filipino-Americans, that undocumented immigrants will not be deported for filling out a census form, reports Asian Journal’s AJ Press.

In fact, “these individuals will be able to shore up funds for their U.S.-based families since a bigger resident count will mean a bigger allocation for a particular area,” a Filipino community partnership specialist explained.

Group: Reform immigration

RIVERSIDE – A group of 20 township residents sat close together around a pair of cellular phones Wednesday night and listened quietly as national activists spoke on conference call about their plans to get a national immigration reform bill passed next year.

Two similar gatherings were held in Willingboro and Cinnaminson and were part of the nationwide call for reform organized by the group Immigration for America.

Fear of immigration officials has many Hispanics avoiding the 2010 census

JOPLIN, MO. – Local Hispanic church pastors who gathered for a special Census 2010 information session today say fear of immigration officials has many Hispanics avoiding the census.

Only four people showed up for Thursday’s meeting but officials say it is a start at connecting to the Hispanic community.

City officials and the pastors want the Hispanic public to know government dollars for improving neighborhoods are connected to the census.

Criminal deportations spike in Pacific Northwest

New federal data shows that deportations of illegal immigrants with criminal records from Alaska, Oregon, and Washington this past year spiked by nearly 40 percent, while overall removals dropped slightly.

The data released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency shows that for fiscal year 2009 – which spans from October, 2008 to September of this year – 10,793 people were deported from the Pacific Northwest, a drop of 117 compared to the previous year.

The Early Word: Weekend Health Work

It looks like the Capitol will be open for a little more weekend business.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled the first key vote for the Senate’s health care bill for this Saturday evening — two weeks to the day after the House passed its plan to overhaul the health care system.

San Francisco’s health care a model during debate

By JULIANA BARBASSA (AP) – 4 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO — This city did not wait for Washington’s health care overhaul. Most uninsured adults here are already reaping the benefits of a government-run health care program — seeing doctors, filling prescriptions, and getting surgeries they could not otherwise afford.

Healthy San Francisco is the nation’s first city-run universal health care plan. While not insurance and not valid outside the city, it does illustrate how some hotly debated elements of plans being considered on Capitol Hill might play out.

Free clinics tied to health care debate

By ANDREW DeMILLO (AP) – 4 hours ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A nonprofit group’s campaign to hold free medical clinics for the uninsured in three states is turning into a not-so-subtle jab at moderate Democrats to support their party’s efforts to reform health care.

More than 800 people have signed up for free care Saturday at a downtown convention center in Little Rock at an event organized by the National Association of Free Clinics — the Virginia-based association’s second free event in the past month under a campaign promoted by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.


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