Month: May 2013

Poll shows negativity toward immigration reform

A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University and released by NBC reported that seven out of ten registered voters do not have high hopes for immigration reform. The majority said that a comprehensive immigration reform bill will not pass this summer. However, Democrats and Hispanics, according to the poll, are more optimistic about the future of immigration reform, with …

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Study: Immigrants generate Medicare dollars

A study from Harvard Medical School released by Reuters on May 29 said that immigrants generated a $13.8 billion surplus for Medicare in 2009, which is the most recent statistic. Not only that, immigrants made $115 billion in Medicare surplus from 2002 to 2009, whereas U.S.-born citizens had a deficit of $28 billion, according to the source. The study, …

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Religious groups launch immigration ads

Evangelical groups launched a radio ad campaign on May 30 to boost support for the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill. In a $250,000 campaign, ads ran in 13 states and included billboards dispersed throughout these areas. The ads are a final effort from pastors who support ongoing efforts to increase border security and urge Congress to …

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Anti-amnesty groups target immigration bill

The Senate must secure 60 votes to implement the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" legislation, which touts a path to citizenship for immigrants, and anti-amnesty groups are joining together to make sure this doesn't happen. Backed by House Republicans and business leaders, the anti-amnesty groups could kill the House bill, noted reports. According to The Washington Post, …

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Health care and immigration: a continuous debate

Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives are equally stumped about tackling health care for the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. As a big topic in the immigration reform debate, this subject will continue to cause heated arguments between Democrats and Republicans. On one end, Republicans do not want immigrants to have …

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Groups join together via social media to support comprehensive immigration bill

Fighting for immigration rights took a new spin via social media. A two-day march on Washington, D.C., spread the message about the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” legislation, but there won’t be any crowds for this rally. This is an online march fighting for immigration reform. Officiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s immigration forces in partnership with President Barack Obama’s …

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Same-sex couples still hopeful for immigration rights

After the Senate failed to vote for equal rights for same-sex couples in the immigration debate, supporters of the bill are still behind it, saying that there are other aspects of the bill that bring them hope. On May 21, the Senate voted in favor of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” legislation, leaving out rights for same-sex …

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