Obama Pushes Health Care for Illegals
|Fox News-- July 30
Bad Employer Bailout? Reform Could Fund Health Care for Illegal Workers
Health care reform could end up bailing out employers who hire illegal immigrants and skimp on their health benefits.
Under the legislation being considered on Capitol Hill, undocumented workers would technically not be covered. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as much in an interview Sunday.
"No, illegal immigrants are not covered by this plan," she said.
But the reality, immigration analysts say, is that the legislation is missing any mechanism to keep illegals out of the system. And if they exploit that loophole, taxpayers could be on the hook for billions to cover health care costs their employers do not.
Already, illegal immigrants account for $10.7 billion in state and federal health care spending, according to preliminary numbers from The Federation for American Immigration Reform.
|San Francisco Chronicle sc
Court says English-only tests OK in schools
California is entitled to administer school achievement tests and high school exit exams in English to all students, including the nearly 1.6 million who speak limited English, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. -- The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco rejected arguments by bilingual-education groups and nine school districts...
|JB Williams -- White Rose
As the people grow more desperate... a Constitution in FULL crisis
America’s extreme left tricked American moderates into supporting their candidate last November by campaigning on post-partisan cooperation and transparency in government. Six months after the election of a freshman senator with a blank résumé, a laundry list of evil associates and a life more secret than your average CIA agent, Obama's entire history remains a mystery...
|Washington Watcher -- VDare.com
Obamacare will cover illegals.... unless Americans say "NO"
Whatever Americans think about healthcare, they are united by the fact that they don’t want illegal aliens to be covered. A Rasmussen Poll showed that 80% of Americans opposed the idea and only 11% supported it. A full 70% said that it would be a deal breaker...
Obamacare called 'euthanasia bill'
The Democrats' proposed national health insurance plan would dictate medications, treatments and mental health services; determine coverages individuals are allowed to have; and operate with real-time access to personal bank accounts, according to a new analysis... [ Related info] [See Obama Watch]
|San Diego Union-Tribune
2 arrested after vehicle is driven toward officer
San Diego -- A U.S. Customs and Border Protection veteran fired one shot at a man who drove a pickup at the officer in a parking garage early yesterday in the Grantville neighborhood. -- The shot hit the front of the pickup, but the man was not hit. He stopped the pickup and was arrested, said San Diego police Lt. Terry McManus..
Sheriff Arpaio balks at feds' enforcement change
Phoenix -- The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" has never gotten so much resistance from the federal government. -- The Homeland Security Department wants Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., to stop arresting illegal immigrants whose only crime was crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without documents... [See Obama Watch and Napolitano Watch]
|Danny Schechter -- Center for Research on Globalization -- Toronto
The tide of public opinion may be turning against Barack Hussein Obama
The tide of public opinion may be turning against the President. Pollsters report growing skepticism about health care reform, and more active hostility on racial matters, thanks to that “uncalibrated” expression of opinion on the arrest of Professor Gates in his own home. That remark turned him, in the eyes of some, from a small b black President into a militant Black Panther...
|KSWT-TV -- Yuma
Previously deported illegal alien nabbed in fake ID operation
Authorities say they have arrested an illegal [alien] and shut down a fake ID manufacturing operation in Phoenix. -- Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives operating with the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force executed a search warrant this afternoon at a central Phoenix home...
|Imperial Valley News -- Yuma
Cocaine intercepted at Pine Valley Border Patrol checkpoint
Tuesday, a 23-year-old male Mexican national was arrested upon his attempt to smuggle over $500,000 worth of cocaine through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 near Pine Valley. -- At about 9:40 a.m., Border Patrol agents encountered the man as he approached the checkpoint in a burgundy colored Mitsubishi Eclipse... [See Crime Watch]
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Today's NAFBPO update from south of the border
An overloaded sailboat transporting Haitians collided with a reef near Turks and Caicos Islands, the U.S. Coast Guard informed. A survivor said that the boat smashed against a reef as it was fleeing from police. -- The rescuers found 113 survivors on two reefs about a mile and a half south east of east Caicos Island...
May-June joblessness up in 90% of metro areas
More than 90 percent of the nation's largest metropolitan areas saw their unemployment rates climb in June from the previous month. -- Some of the biggest increases hit college towns, where the annual summertime exodus of students causes bars, restaurants and other businesses to cut staff...
Recession worse than prior estimates, revisions show
The first 12 months of the U.S. recession saw the economy shrink more than twice as much as previously estimated, reflecting even bigger declines in consumer spending and housing, revised figures showed. -- The world's largest economy contracted 1.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007 to the last three months of 2008...
|Los Angeles Times
California's default rate soars to 9.5%
About 1 in 10 Californians with a home loan is now in default, and there's growing evidence that the mortgage meltdown is spreading to commercial real estate. -- The home mortgage delinquency rate -- the percentage of borrowers who have missed several payments and are in the first stage of foreclosure -- climbed in June to 9.5% in California and 9.9% in Los Angeles County... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]
|Patty Kelley -- The Examiner
Why controversy surrounds Obama birth certificate
The Obama "long form" birth certificate has been in question for a long time. A large movement is asking for his official birth record. Likewise, another movement is growing -- saying that the first group is nuts and is wasting everyone's time...
Town halls gone wild
Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress...
Illegal alien "rights" activists retool reform efforts
Activists disappointed that the Obama administration has not given immigration top billing are trying to yank the issue off the back burner by pressing ahead with lobbying and legislation plans they hope will reinvigorate reform efforts. -- By honing in on national lawmakers they believe are sympathetic or can be swayed to support their cause and drawing on voters who said reform was a top priority...
Massive fraud at Utah law firm - Over 5,000 fake visas issued
The Alcala Law Firm of Utah faces numerous charges that it falsified work visa applications. In addition to helping businesses game the system to get workers, the firm also allegedly bilked immigrants seeking legal advice. The firm concentrated on fake H-2B temporary worker visas...
Obama’s illegal alien aunt at home in Southie digs... at taxpayer's expense
With her deportation hearing still six months away, the controversial Kenyan aunt of President Obama has quietly resurfaced in public housing in South Boston, the Herald has learned. -- “Beggars can’t be choosers,” Obama’s “Auntie Zeituni” Onyango, 57, told the Herald yesterday with a mischievous smile...
Friendship Park on the border to remain closed despite pro-Amnesty groups
San Diego -- Pro-amnesty groups, open border groups, and politicians recently sent a letter to DHS, Janet Napolitano’s office requesting the border Friendship Park be reopened- Border Patrol supervision would be required. -- However, the recent murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and American advocacy groups firmly stand behind the Border Czar...
|US Department of Justice
Illegals arrested on wire fraud charges
New Orleans -- Jalla Pierre Emanuel, age 38, and Jackson Ntone Ndemba, age 35, citizens of the Republic of Cameroon, were arrested yesterday by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and charged by a criminal complaint with conspiracy and wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten... [See Crime Watch]
97 illegals found in chilled trailer
An Arizona officer who stopped a refrigerated trailer found nearly 100 undocumented immigrants crammed inside in near-freezing temperatures. -- A tip from federal agents led the Department of Public Safety officer to make the stop to check for faulty equipment Wednesday night on Interstate 19 north of Nogales near the Mexico border...
New Mexican junker truck rules please U.S. business
A plan containing guidelines on getting Mexican trucks back on U.S. highways has gone through bureaucratic review, the first step toward ending Mexican tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of U.S. goods. -- Implementing the plan would quell growing dissent among U.S. businesses that are hurt by Mexico's tariffs...
|Mark Krikorian -- Center for Immigration Studies
The Cosmic Race
The National Council of La Raza has just wrapped up its annual conference in Chicago. While I think Tom Tancredo was engaging in hyperbole when he described La Raza as "a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses" (that describes instead MEChA and the Brown Berets), there's more to the comparison than people might realize...