News Clips Dec. 21, 2009

Health-care bill clears crucial vote in Senate, 60 to 40

Senate Democrats won a milestone victory early Monday in the health-care debate, approving a procedural motion to move the reform legislation to final passage later this week, and without a single vote to spare.

Comparison of Senate, House health care bills

A comparison of the health care bills before Congress:
The Senate Democratic bill (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act):

WHO’S COVERED: About 94 percent of legal residents under age 65 — compared with 83 percent now. Government subsidies to help buy coverage start in 2014. About one-third of the remaining 24 million people under age 65 left uninsured would be illegal immigrants.

COST: Coverage provisions cost $871 billion over 10 years.

Immigrant advocates plan walk from Miami to Washington

A coalition of local immigrant advocacy groups will take part next month in a 2,000-mile walk from Miami to Washington, D.C., to urge passage of legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to become legalized U.S. residents and citizens.

Called the “Trail of DREAMS,” the organizations are trying to build momentum for the latest immigration reform bill that was introduced this week in Congress.

Immigration overhaul bill unveiled in House

The legislation, which includes a path to legalization, is met with criticism from conservatives and liberals.
Reporting from Los Angeles and Chicago – Raising the curtain on a new round of debate over immigration reform, a group of Democratic congressional lawmakers introduced a comprehensive bill Tuesday that, among other provisions, would offer a path to legalization for the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.,0,149598.story?track=rss

Cold facts and hot words on immigration

You would think that with unemployment running at 10 percent, economics would play a role in deciding how many immigrants to let into the country and what to do with the unauthorized ones here.

The latest fury surrounds a comprehensive immigration reform bill submitted to Congress last week by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). The measure, which among other things calls for legalizing unauthorized immigrants, has the support of the Hispanic, black, Asian and progressive caucuses and is the first shot in what President Obama promises will be a push in the coming months to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. Republicans, however, are already calling the bill dead on arrival.

Undocumented students challenge USA TODAY’s usage of “illegal students”

Looking back on this past decade, there are certain words that will forever mark this time in history: “going green,” “GOOGLE,” “Facebook,” “Twitter” — and “illegal immigrants.”

Since the whole immigration debate erupted several years ago, the use of the term “illegal immigrant” has taken root in our everyday lexicon.

First used as the buzz word for organizations strategizing to turn public opinion against immigration reform or immigrants living in the country illegally, the term has now gained widespread acceptance.

It’s not because of the efforts of these anti- immigration organizations, as much as it is the news media — both text and broadcast — who prefer to use the sloppy and insulting shorthand of saying “illegal immigrant” rather than the longer, tongue-tangler, word-hog of “undocumented immigrant.”

One Response to News Clips Dec. 21, 2009

  1. Glenn1980 says:

    Once Health care is reformed or not, President Obama and the Democratic leaders intend to force on us into another Amnesty, or what they like to call IMMIGRATION REFORM at the beginning of 2010. THAT WHAT THEY CALLED THE 1986 IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL (ICRA) THAT WAS NEVER ENFORCED.

    The cost of immigration to our society is propagating through the years enormously The most recent estimate places the net cost of post-1969 immigrants at $61 billion in 2000 alone. That is $35 billion from legal immigrants and $26 billion from illegal immigrants) This is–AFTER–immigrants’ contribution in taxes has been subtracted. As outrageous as the cost are now to the unsuspecting taxpayers, the rising tide of immigration will lift it even higher in years to come. Where now illegal immigrants poured into the country, faster than regular immigration numbers. In 2002, the annual net cost of immigration had risen to $66 billion, with no end in sight. A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, based on the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, analyzed the cost of immigrants based on their specific use of (means-tested) welfare entitlements (both direct and indirect), and revealed that the total immigrant receipt of benefits in 1996 came to $180 billion.That annual amount has to grown to out-of-control proportions, as the population of legal and illegal immigrants imported to one million new people a year. After these numbers were released, there seem to be an intentional reluctance to offer costs for both legal and illegal immigrant cost to the US taxpayer. Just last year the number of–LEGAL–immigrants ratcheted-up to 3.5 million. JOBLESS AMERICAN WORKERS NEED TO SPEAK OUT. WE NEED TO INSTALL E-VERIFY IN EVERY COMPANY THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. IT WILL GUARANTEE THE REMOVAL OF EVERY UNAUTHORIZED WORKER, ACCEPT A LIMITED NUMBER OF PERSONS USING FAMILY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION. SOME WILL GET A POSITIVE VERIFICATION, BUT NEW UPGRADES AND INNOVATIONS TO THE SYSTEM, WILL CATCH ILLEGAL FOREIGN LABOR IN THE FUTURE.

    Whereas the administration keeps imposing millions of poor, uneducated people into America, because of poor national enforcement of which the majority of foreign nationals become public charges. Just before Obama signs new Immigration reform, taxpayers better realize that there are expectations from millions of more destitute people just waiting to slip across our undermanned borders and past airport control If there was a time to call and harass your Senator or Representative at 202-224-3121, this really is the most urgent of times. Just your vote and voice can–HALT–this innocuous law becoming active. We cannot keep on accepting the world indigent, as it will lead to OVERPOPULATION as stated by the US Census Bureau. Just read the demographics and expenditures that will tax you even more. No more lies and read the facts and inferior enforcement grading at NUMBERSUSA. Understand the undisclosed corruption in Washington and different states at JUDICIAL WATCH.

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