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December 23, 2009

In the Christmas spirit the Senate Health bill joins the anti-immigrant frenzy

Sticking It to Illegal Immigrants, Just to Make a Point

"The Senate health care bill's treatment of illegals is cruel -- and counterproductive.

By Mark Willen, Senior Political Editor, The Kiplinger Letter, December 22, 2009

The House version of the health care bill bars illegal immigrants from receiving any form of government subsidy to help them buy insurance in the exchanges that will be set up to foster competition and reduce the rolls of the uninsured. While the provision is likely to increase costs for the government, employers and individuals because of cost shifting, it is understandable that many Americans would reject the idea of rewarding illegals by providing subsidized insurance.

But the Senate bill goes a dangerous step further, and its immigration provision is much harder to justify. It would prevent illegal immigrants from buying insurance on the state-run exchanges, even if they do so with their own money. This is cruel, stupid and probably unworkable. It is akin to barring illegals from buying food in grocery stores or restaurants and making them get free food in soup kitchens, which are subsidized by private donors and government aid...".


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December 15, 2009

Comprehensive Immigration Reform to be Introduced December 15

December 11, 2009, Rebecca Dreilinger (202) 225-8203


(Washington D.C.) On Tuesday, December 15, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) will introduce new legislation, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gutierrez will be joined by members of many different faiths and backgrounds, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus and Progressive Caucus.

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-12), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11), Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15), Chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA-6), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Rep. Joe Baca (CA-43)

Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32)

Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-7)

Rep. Sam Farr (CA-17)

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)

Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-38)

Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (TX-27)

Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi (PR-At large)

Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)

Rep. Jose E. Serrano (NY-16)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (NY-9)

Other Members of Congress

Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

12:30 pm, Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Room 2261, Rayburn House Office Building

"We have waited patiently for a workable solution to our immigration crisis to be taken up by this Congress and our President," said Rep. Gutierrez. "The time for waiting is over. This bill will be presented before Congress recesses for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year. It is the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations, and members of Congress. It is an answer to too many years of pain —mothers separated from their children, workers exploited and undermined security at the border— all caused at the hands of a broken immigration system. This bill says 'enough,' and presents a solution to our broken system that we as a nation of immigrants can be proud of."

Press should confirm their attendance with Rebecca Dreilinger at 202-225-8203 or via email at Rebecca.Dreilinger@mail.house.gov.

at http://luisgutierrez.house.gov/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1406

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December 14, 2009

CIR 2010

On Tuesday December 15, Representative Luis Gutierrez (IL-3) will be introducing immigration legislation titled "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP)."

This is the bill that we will fight to enact in 2010. This will be where we have to stand together and have the will to succeed.

We have to help the politicians and the White House to focus on reform in 2010.

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December 04, 2009

The immigration world is upside down

Hard-line immigration group pulls backing from Dobbs

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor December 3, 2009 11:00 AM

"Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs became a hero in some quarters -- and reviled in others -- for his outspokenness on illegal immigration.

But now a leading group on the issue is withdrawing its support -- including taking down websites urging Dobbs to run for president in 2012 -- because it says he has changed his tune.

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, which claims to be the first calling on him to run for president, today cited recent comments that Dobbs has made on a Spanish-language network.

"While Mr. Dobbs claims his positions have not changed, however, that is not the perception of many of our mutual supporters," William Gheen of ALIPAC said in a statement. "His recent comments on Telemundo and his national radio show supporting some kind of path to citizenship for illegal immigrants is inconsistent with positions of ALIPAC and the views of most American citizens."...".

see more at http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/12/hardline_immigr.html

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