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.
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.”