Debate continues over healthcare and immigration

Republicans and Democrats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate are equally stumped as to how to go about tackling the issue of healthcare for the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants that live illegally in the United States.  Given that this is one of the biggest topics in the issue of immigration reform, …

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Nuns on the bus

A group of Catholic nuns campaigning for support of the attempts to reform the immigration system in the United States have set off from New Jersey on board a bus for a cross-country journey.  The nuns, who come from the group known as Network, left on Wednesday from New Jersey, which looks over the water …

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The next step for immigration reform

The legislation for immigration reform developed by the bipartisan Gang of Eight has made it past the first hurdle, but the question now becomes where do lawmakers have to go next in order to develop a clear path to immigration for the approximately 11 million immigrants living in the United States who have no legal …

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Medicare gets more from immigrants than it gives

Medicare has been given billions more dollars by immigrants in recent times than they have received from the program, a new study claims, appearing to squash the fear that immigrants are a drain when it comes to federal health care spending. Researchers at Harvard Medical School led the study, which measured the contribution to the …

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Social media used by immigration reform advocacy groups

Fighting for immigration reform has been given a new spin via the use of social media.  A march on Washington DC that took place over two days spread the message about the legislation from the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” but this rally did not have any actual crowds – because it all took place on …

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Asian-Americans refuse to keep silent on immigration

Two weeks before an expected Senate debate on the new immigration bill is set to take place, the leader of the Asian-American voting bloc in Congress wants to make certain that its priorities end up being reflected in whatever form of the bill that comes out of the debate. “I am focused like a laser …

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Same-sex couples still hope for immigration rights

Despite the fact that the Senate neglected to vote to give same-sex couples equal rights in the debate over immigration, many supporters of the reform bill continue to be in favor of it, noting that there is still hope due to a number of other aspects of the bill. On May 21st the Senate voted …

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Tech industry comes out ahead with immigration bill

The high-tech industry has gotten more big wins than any other group in the immigration reform bill that last week received approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee thanks to a combination of fairly weak opposition, a perfectly positioned ally in the Senate and a concerted lobbying effort. The result turned out to effectively be something …

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Democrats becoming more assertive over immigration reform

Much of the media coverage surrounding the effort to reform the United States’ outdated and incredibly inefficient immigration system has focused on the controversy surrounding those Republicans who are in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and those who are not, but lately that coverage has begun to shift, as the Democrats are also an important …

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US House will not just follow Senate over immigration

John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, said Thursday that his chamber would be charting its own path on the issue of immigration reform and not just consider the measure passed by the Senate, effectively quashing Democrat hopes that the landmark legislation could be quickly enacted. “While we applaud the progress made by …

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LGBT partnerships not included in immigration bill

Democrats in the United States have abandoned the clauses in the new legislation aimed at ensuring immigration reform in the country that would have enabled gay couples to sponsor US visas so that the legislation would be more acceptable to Republicans.  Although the reforms continue to be supported by LGBT, many have expressed frustration over …

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