The Week in Immigration News

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Friday, February 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

-To reduce the state debt in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) wants to make a drastic cut in public assistance for legal immigrants. The cut would mostly affect new immigrants, who are not yet eligible for welfare, by eliminating access to essential medical care and basic food and cash assistance. Thirty-seven thousand people will lose aid from the California Food Assistance Program; 24,000 people will lose assistance provided by CalWORKs, which provides families with cash, childcare and job-training; and 48,570 legal immigrants will lose their access to heathcare (through Medi-Cal). Read more here.

Additional stories after the jump:

-Undocumented immigrants are being left out of the healthcare debate, but a new study shows that even legal immigrants — those who are eligible for government healthcare programs — face challenges that prevent them from receiving adequate care. The study, sponsored by New Yorkers For Accessible Health Coverage and the New York Immigration Coalition, shows that many immigrants are misinformed about two major issues: by receiving public health insurance benefits, they may be considered a “public charge” (which would disqualify them from adjusting their status to lawful permanent resident); and that enrolling in public insurance would affect their ability to sponsor relatives for admission to the United States. Still, others aren’t enrolled because cultural and linguistic barriers prevent them from understanding or applying to be part of the insurance system.

-The Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system, which serves to check a potential employee’s eligibility to work in the U.S., works less than half the time to accurately flag unauthorized workers, according to a research report by Westat, a research company based in Maryland under contract to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. E-Verify inaccurately reads unauthorized workers as authorized 54 percent of the time, according to the study. The system is voluntarily used by more than 180,000 employers currently at more than 675,000 work sites and applies only to new hires. “This is a wake-up call to anyone who thinks E-Verify is an effective remedy to stop the hiring of illegal immigrants,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is writing an immigration bill.

-Senate Republicans have raised concerns about the jobs bill because it does not require that an employee be a legal resident or citizen, nor does it require use of the E-Verify system. GOP members say the bill does not prevent businesses from trying to gain tax credits by hiring illegal immigrants. Read more about E-Verify, and why the GOP fears undocumented workers, here.

-The Economic Policy Institute released a report showing that immigrants who are U.S. citizens are more likely to receive higher wages and experience lower levels of poverty than non-citizens. Surprisingly, the study also found that in 2007, adult U.S. citizen immigrants had a median family income of $57,823, higher than the median family income of native-born citizens ($56,000.) Non-citizen immigrants’ median family income was $38,600. The report suggested that this may be attributed to assimilation and the likelihood of naturalized citizens having attained higher levels of education than non-citizens.

- The Dept. of Homeland Security reports that the illegal population fell significantly between 2008 and 2009, by almost 1 million people (experts agree the main causes are a weak economy and tougher immigration enforcement.) But opinion differs on what those numbers actually mean. Most immigration experts agree that the number of new illegal immigrants entering the country has declined, but some disagree over whether the number of immigrants leaving has increased.

-A new report by the anti-immigration think-tank, Center for Immigration Studies, tells Republican leaders to give up on the Latino vote. The center suggests that only after reducing Hispanic immigration into the country can that voting block begin assimilating and becoming Republican. The Immigration Impact writes in an article, “In other words, the CIS report offers not only a grim view of Republican political prospects, but a stereotypical and insulting portrayal of Latino voters who are perceived as too poor and ignorant to vote Republican, and who should therefore be ignored by Republican political strategists until they grow out of their Democratic phase….Apparently, an immigrant has not really become fully part of American society until he or she fervently supports a Republican Party that officially looks down upon immigrants.”

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Julie B
Comment posted February 26, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

This is what has Americans so furious with the Democrats. In a recession there is no need for foreign workers. If it takes voting them out of office to make ourselves heard then so be it! When they learn to support their citizens we will support them.


magyart
Comment posted February 27, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

The GOP doen't fear undocumented workers. It was BUSH that pusherd for CIR and it was deferated. Kennedy and McCain tried to help. Kennedy is dead and McCain will be voted OUT of office for his support of undocumented illegal resident aliens. These people are NOT immigrants.

Visit the NumbersUSA website and help fight illegal immigration. Tell yr elected rep to oppose CIR and the Dream Act.

Email the President and demamand jobs for Americans, not forign workers. Reduce or even eliminate VISAs for foreign workers.

Make E-verify a national law and FORCE all employers to verify each employees social security number.


Brittanicus
Comment posted February 27, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

ITS NOT GOVERNMENT THATS BROKEN, BUT THE POLITICAL SYSTEM ITSELF, because open border lobbyists, can buy and sell Washington votes. Americans must use their vote to remove this corruption, by making an example of Reid and Pelosi. Start pumping out these Sacramento septic tanks of filth, that has turned against the American worker and giving access to approximately 8 million illegal alien workers. We need true conservatives in the capitol, in state assemblies–not radical Liberals or even wealthy Republicans. Drain the cesspool from Washington in the midterm and future election, as all they care about is building a career in office and campaign contributions. Say–NO to AMNESTY, say No to birthright citizenship, when Mother is an illegal alien. Say–NO–ANY–government handouts or entitlements, including education, only emergency health care procedures.
As a “Liberal Politically Correct” disguised issue the terminology “Uncompensated Care” carries a significant expense to taxpayers. Billions of Billions of dollars are forced from the taxpayers wallets paying for illegal immigrants, who should never crossed into American soil in the first place. We pick up the bills for education to at least k-12 for children of illegal immigrants, but where does the money come for illegal students in state colleges? Then they use the word “Uncompensated care” for health treatment of emergency care that has closed down many hospitals in California. But their are finally the unknown amount of government at state, county and city entitlement. This doesn't even account for the “uncompensated money” that is paid out for hundreds of thousands of “Anchor Babies” of pregnant Mothers slipping through the enforcement net at the airport, border to give birth and thereby getting instant citizenship; a travesty of our immigration laws opening the door wide-open for food stamps, housing and the rest of the families settlement here.
Remember legal pregnant women have to pay for there natal care, unless they are low income. Uncompensated care is passed onto any US patient in their potential bills, the insurance companies unlike for illegal nationals who pay—NOTHING.

Say–NO– to Liberal empowerment that has brought SANCTUARY STATES like California to near bankruptcy. Say–YES–to TRUE CONSERVATISM and the Independent Tea Baggers platform, without Republican intervention. Say–YES–to E-Verify, as a permanent deterrent across the country with rigid ICE raids. Say–YES–to expanded–1-9s Audits, with no exceptions on any business. Say–YES–to imprisonment to ruthless businesses that use foreign labor and–PAY–NOTHING towards the costs. Put the National Guard on the Canadian and Southern border.Address the issue of visa over stays, who come here as visitors, students and deport them. GET INVOLVED AND BOMBARD YOUR PITIFUL REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON AT 202-224-312. Learn more at NUMBERSUSA & JUDICIALWATCH We also the 287 (G) local police arrest and detainment enforced and mandated for every law department across the country, including in every so-called Sanctuary Haven for illegal aliens. Nor should President Obama and his Homeland Security Secretary rescind No-Match-Letters to businesses from the IRS or drain funding from ICE raids.

No Copyright! Pass around. American Jobs for American Workers. One flag, one language.


magyart
Comment posted February 27, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

The GOP doen't fear undocumented workers. It was BUSH that pusherd for CIR and it was deferated. Kennedy and McCain tried to help. Kennedy is dead and McCain will be voted OUT of office for his support of undocumented illegal resident aliens. These people are NOT immigrants.

Visit the NumbersUSA website and help fight illegal immigration. Tell yr elected rep to oppose CIR and the Dream Act.

Email the President and demamand jobs for Americans, not forign workers. Reduce or even eliminate VISAs for foreign workers.

Make E-verify a national law and FORCE all employers to verify each employees social security number.


Brittanicus
Comment posted February 27, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

ITS NOT GOVERNMENT THATS BROKEN, BUT THE POLITICAL SYSTEM ITSELF, because open border lobbyists, can buy and sell Washington votes. Americans must use their vote to remove this corruption, by making an example of Reid and Pelosi. Start pumping out these Sacramento septic tanks of filth, that has turned against the American worker and giving access to approximately 8 million illegal alien workers. We need true conservatives in the capitol, in state assemblies–not radical Liberals or even wealthy Republicans. Drain the cesspool from Washington in the midterm and future election, as all they care about is building a career in office and campaign contributions. Say–NO to AMNESTY, say No to birthright citizenship, when Mother is an illegal alien. Say–NO–ANY–government handouts or entitlements, including education, only emergency health care procedures.
As a “Liberal Politically Correct” disguised issue the terminology “Uncompensated Care” carries a significant expense to taxpayers. Billions of Billions of dollars are forced from the taxpayers wallets paying for illegal immigrants, who should never crossed into American soil in the first place. We pick up the bills for education to at least k-12 for children of illegal immigrants, but where does the money come for illegal students in state colleges? Then they use the word “Uncompensated care” for health treatment of emergency care that has closed down many hospitals in California. But their are finally the unknown amount of government at state, county and city entitlement. This doesn't even account for the “uncompensated money” that is paid out for hundreds of thousands of “Anchor Babies” of pregnant Mothers slipping through the enforcement net at the airport, border to give birth and thereby getting instant citizenship; a travesty of our immigration laws opening the door wide-open for food stamps, housing and the rest of the families settlement here.
Remember legal pregnant women have to pay for there natal care, unless they are low income. Uncompensated care is passed onto any US patient in their potential bills, the insurance companies unlike for illegal nationals who pay—NOTHING.

Say–NO– to Liberal empowerment that has brought SANCTUARY STATES like California to near bankruptcy. Say–YES–to TRUE CONSERVATISM and the Independent Tea Baggers platform, without Republican intervention. Say–YES–to E-Verify, as a permanent deterrent across the country with rigid ICE raids. Say–YES–to expanded–1-9s Audits, with no exceptions on any business. Say–YES–to imprisonment to ruthless businesses that use foreign labor and–PAY–NOTHING towards the costs. Put the National Guard on the Canadian and Southern border.Address the issue of visa over stays, who come here as visitors, students and deport them. GET INVOLVED AND BOMBARD YOUR PITIFUL REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON AT 202-224-312. Learn more at NUMBERSUSA & JUDICIALWATCH We also the 287 (G) local police arrest and detainment enforced and mandated for every law department across the country, including in every so-called Sanctuary Haven for illegal aliens. Nor should President Obama and his Homeland Security Secretary rescind No-Match-Letters to businesses from the IRS or drain funding from ICE raids.

No Copyright! Pass around. American Jobs for American Workers. One flag, one language.


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