By the way, it’s worth noting that the bill is intended as a backup plan, in case members of Congress fail to come to a bipartisan solution on the issue.”We’re doing exactly what the president said we would do last month … which is we’re preparing. We’re going to be ready,” said White House Chief of staff Denis McDonough.
It’s my 3 a.m. nightmare. While we do not collect information about the immigration status of our patients, the fact that they will be uninsured could be taken as ‘code’ for also being undocumented.Alicia Wilson, Executive director for the La Clinica Del Pueblo community clinic in Washington, DC • Discussing an oft-ignored side effect of the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act during an interview with Reuters. Healthcare officials fear that many of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States may become more hesitant to seek medical attention following the law’s implementation, and they aren’t the only ones. “We were all aware of it,” says senior Obama healthcare advisor Ezekiel Emmanuel, adding, “It’s a visible consequence that we couldn’t do anything about given the politics of the situation.” source (via • follow)
» Are you under 30 years old, an undocumented immigrant who moved to the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived in the United States for more than five years, and a graduate or someone who has served time in the military? The U.S. would like to give you a chance to do it right. However, if you’ve been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor, not so much. A big step, though — although one, with few exceptions, that undocumented immigrants will have to pay for.
We haven’t been able to build a fence on the border because we have not been a serious country.Newt Gingrich • Speaking on immigration policy to a group of Nationwide Insurance employees in Des Moines, Iowa, after signing a pledge to erect a Mexican border fence by the end of 2013. It should be said that this stance is in no way incompatible with Gingrich’s softer tone on long-term immigrants from the last GOP debate, in which he argued that undocumented people who’ve lived here 25 years, paid taxes, and raised a family shouldn’t be booted out of the U.S. It’s entirely possible to earnestly hold both of these positions at once. However, this is Newt Gingrich, he of the most dynamic and politically calculated flops and reversals this side of Mitt Romney (here’s a recent and unflinching one to whet your appetite). As such, it’s hard not to view this as a cynical, purely political calculation; take a general election-friendly stance in a nationally televised debate, then feed the base some red meat when less people are watching. source (via • follow)
While many states have chosen to legislate hate and division by approving anti-immigrant laws, California’s governor sends a strong message that investing in today’s student population, regardless of their immigration status, is smart, practical and the right thing to do.Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles leader Angelica Salas • Speaking favorably of Gov. Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature’s actions in passing a bill that allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition for their schooling. Eleven other states have laws comparable to California’s, while a dozen others block the practice outright. But considering California is on the literal front lines of the immigration debate, it’s of note. Two other border states — Texas and New Mexico — have similar laws. source (via • follow)
There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally. The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border.Arizona Sen. John McCain • Pointing the finger at an unlikely target for the wildfires currently causing significant problems in the state. Now, we’re not experts here, but this seems like a fairly questionable leap of judgment — and the claim met significant criticism from Latino groups — especially since the “substantial evidence” McCain claims hasn’t actually been substantiated. Whether or not the border needs securing, bringing xenophobia into the mix of an unrelated disaster seems like a terrible idea. source (via • follow)
» Obama and the Chamber of Commerce, together at last: In a decision in a case that put two longtime adversaries on the same side of a losing battle, the Supreme Court backed an Arizona immigration law that encourages employers to verify their workers — or they could lose their business license if they knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. We don’t know if we agree with the Supreme Court’s decision on this case — especially because it could lead to a number of copycat laws as a result of this. (By the way, in case you were wondering: Justice Elena Kagan didn’t vote in the case, as it came up while she was still Solicitor General.)
jeffmiller said: What choice does Chipotle have? It is a crime to hire these people. To continue to employ them, knowing their status, could have meant jail. Blame Congress, not Chipotle, for this.
» We say: For us, it’s not so much the firing itself (which is understandable and doesn’t leave much room for debate) as the tactic used — telling someone during their break, and then replacing them during their shift is pretty terrible. While I’m assuming Chipotle probably couldn’t have done the two weeks notice thing in this case, it does come across as cold. Given their reputation as a good corporate citizen, it seems off-base for them. And I’ve personally eaten at both of the restaurants in question before, so I’m sure some of the people who got fired made those burritos.