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New Study Shows Costs of Illegal Aliens Under House Healthcare Could Top $30 Billion Yearly

Because of the lack of immigration verification requirements in the House health care bill, an estimated 6.6 million illegal aliens could be covered because they meet the financial criteria. Those 6.6 million currently cost the public $4.3 billion in emergency rooms and free health clinics but would cost $31 billion under the House health care system.

The study was released today (Sep. 8, 2009) by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The non-partisan independent research institution noted that it takes no position on the efforts at health reform in general or on the overall House legislative proposals.

The CIS study focused entirely on the question of coverage of people in the United States who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents.

While the bill states that illegal immigrants are not eligible for the new taxpayer-funded affordability credits, there is nothing in the bill to enforce this provision. Congress defeated efforts to require the use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.

-- Center for Immigration Studies

Particularly important to note is that more than 70 other programs of the same nature as the proposed health care initiative use SAVE to verify legal presence and eligibility. The House leadership's insistence that verification would be onerous makes no sense, given that the same verification is used so widely throughout federal, state and local governments.

The study is especially important in answering the question of whether taxpayers aren't already footing a gigantic bill for health care for illegal aliens and whether including them in a federal system might be cheaper.

According to the study, illegal aliens are burdening taxpayers with $4.3 billion of costs right now. And that is plenty high to cause a number of hospitals in border states to collapse or struggle near bankruptcy.

Nonetheless, most illegal aliens dramatically under use health care, compared with legal residents, the study states. But if they were covered by health insurance, they would likely cost the federal system the same as legal residents, adding up to more than $30 billion a year -- a $26-billion potential increase in public costs for illegal aliens.

Here are the key findings from the new CIS study:

  • In 2007, there were an estimated 6.6 million illegal immigrants without health insurance who had incomes below 400 percent of poverty, which is the income ceiling for the new affordability premium credits.
  • If all uninsured illegal immigrants with incomes below 400 percent of poverty received the new credits, the estimated cost to the federal government would be $30.5 billion annually.
  • The current cost of treating uninsured illegal immigrants at all levels of government is an estimated $4.3 billion a year, primarily at emergency rooms and free clinics.
  • On July 16 an amendment by Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) that would have required the use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving the affordability credits was defeated by the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • At present 71 other means-tested federal programs require use of the SAVE system to prevent illegal immigrants and other ineligible non-citizens from accessing them.
  • Even though there is no mechanism to prevent enrollment, it is likely that many income-eligible illegal immigrants would not enroll out of fear or lack of knowledge of the new programs. Thus the actual costs would be less than the maximum estimate of $30.5 billion. However, if illegal immigrants are legalized and could receive affordability credits, a much larger percentage would be expected to enroll, with a corresponding increase in costs.
  • Uninsured illegal immigrants tend to use less in health care on average than others without health insurance because they tend to be young. This fact is incorporated into the current cost estimate of $4.3 billion. However, government-provided affordability credits paid to insurance companies are the same for everyone regardless of age or preexisting conditions. Therefore, the younger age of illegals does not result in lower average costs for taxpayers for this program.
  • It is also worth noting that the report estimates that 38 percent of illegal immigrants had health insurance in 2007. Additionally, the report estimates that there are at least 360,000 uninsured illegal immigrants with incomes above 400 percent of poverty who would not qualify for benefits under H.R. 3200.
  • It is also possible that illegal immigrants could benefit from the expansion of Medicaid under H.R. 3200. The bill does not require identity verification for those claiming U.S. birth. Of illegal immigrants with incomes under 400 percent of poverty, about half live under 133 percent of poverty, which is the new ceiling for Medicaid eligibility.
  • On July 30 an amendment by Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) that would have required identity variation for those claiming U.S. birth was defeated by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Center for Immigration Studies stated this as its methodology:

To estimate the number of illegal immigrants in the United States this report uses the March 2008 Current Population Survey (CPS) collected by the Census Bureau. While the CPS does not ask the foreign-born if they are legal residents, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), former INS, and other outside researchers have all used socio-demographic characteristics in Census Bureau data to estimate the size of the illegal alien population; this report follows the same approach. The March CPS also asks about income and health insurance coverage and on this basis the report estimates the share of low-income illegal immigrants who are without health insurance coverage. By design these estimates of the size and characteristics of the illegal-immigrant population match those researchers.

 View the report at http://www.cis.org/IllegalsAndHealthCareHR3200

Reports

LEAVE Act Bullet Points

Reports - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The LEAVE Act contains multiple provisions designed to help federal authorities enforce our immigration laws including mandatory employment verification, assistance by state and local law enforcement, additional ICE agents, and secure identification measures.

By Jonathan Osborne - NumbersUSA

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Publications

Roy Beck Congressional Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee -- June 3, 2009

Congressional Testimony - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Roy Beck testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3, 2009 regarding S.424, which would provide green cards to domestic partners.

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Moderation and Immigration Reform

Articles - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

This paper proceeds under the assumption that immigration reform is needed but that the two sides currently being touted, both eager for attention are wrong. There are reforms that can be instituted now in an effort to ratchet up boarder protection and shrink the pool of undocumented aliens in order to allow better control of our immigrant population. This needs to be done without severely impacting the American economy.

By Harry DeMell, ILW.com (Immigration Daily)

http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1217-demell.shtm

Polls

National Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Immigration Adversely Affects the Quality and Cost of Healthcare

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Seventy-three percent (73%) of likely voters agreed that hospitals should be allowed to inquire and collect data about the immigration status of those seeking Emergency Room care without affecting the legal requirement that they must provide emergency care. Just 18% said no. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of the respondents believed that providing health insurance to illegal immigrants will just encourage more illegal immigration. After receiving emergency medical care, if it is determined that an illegal immigrant will require long term follow-up medical care, 47% believed that the person should be deported to his/her home country. 38% believed care should be provided, but time and cost limits should Be established for eventual deportation. Only 8% believed long term care should be provided in the U.S.

Pulse Opinion Research, LLC

Seventy-three percent (73%) of likely voters agreed that hospitals should be allowed to inquire and collect data about the immigration status of those seeking Emergency Room care without affecting the legal requirement that they must provide emergency care. Just 18% said no. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of the respondents believed that providing health insurance to illegal immigrants will just encourage more illegal immigration. After receiving emergency medical care, if it is determined that an illegal immigrant will require long term follow-up medical care, 47% believed that the person should be deported to his/her home country. 38% believed care should be provided, but time and cost limits should Be established for eventual deportation. Only 8% believed long term care should be provided in the U.S. Eighty-three percent (83%) of likely voters were very or somewhat concerned that the United States will add 135 million people to its population in the next 40 years, 75% of which is due to immigration. Republicans (90%) were more concerned than Democrats (74%). Seventy-eight percent (78%) of likely voters were opposed to legalizing the status of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. with only 19% supporting it. 88% of African-Americans were opposed to legalization. Fifty-five percent (55%) were opposed to a government insurance option under any national health care plan with 28% in favor and 17% not sure. 73% of Republicans were opposed with 11% in favor. A plurality of Democrats (47%) supported a government option with 34% opposed and 19% unsure.

Pulse Opinion Research, LLC

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Poll Shows Liberals Opposed to Extending Taxpayer Funded Healthcare to Illegal Immigrants

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fifty-three percent reported opposition to providing healthcare to undocumented aliens. Forty-six percent felt that current proposals would likely provide coverage to illegal immigrants. Forty-eight percent of liberals and progressives felt that providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants would likely lead to increased healthcare costs. With regard to the President's handling of healthcare reform, the poll revealed that sixty- seven percent of self-identified liberals approve of the President's actions. Seventy-five percent were in support of a public healthcare plan administered by the federal government and forty-nine percent felt the President's plan would result in better overall quality of healthcare services.

Pulse Opinion Research, LLC

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS143493+15-Sep-2009+PRN20090915

83% Say Proof of Citizenship Should Be Required to Get Government Health Aid

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Monday, September 14, 2009

Eighty-three percent (83%) of voters nationwide say that people should be required to prove they are a citizen of the United States before receiving government health care subsidies. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 12% disagree and five percent (5%) are not sure.

The desire to limit the benefits to U.S. citizens is found across demographic and partisan lines. It is held by 95% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats and 87% of those not affiliated with either major party. It is favored by nine-out-of-10 conservatives and moderates, along with 56% of those who consider themselves politically liberal. But 32% of liberals hold the opposite view.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2009/83_say_proof_of_citizenship_should_be_required_to_get_government_health_aid

Most Arizona Voters Put Immigration Over Health Care as More Important Reform Goal

Prefer Lower Numbers Oppose Amnesty Support Tougher Enforcement Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Monday, July 27, 2009

Fifty-one percent of Arizona voters say it is more important for Congress to pass immigration reform than health care reform.

By a 65% to 20% margin, Arizona voters believe enforcing the borders is more important than legalizing the status of those already living here. Half of the state’s voters (50%) think it is possible to put an end to illegal immigration, while 34% do not.

Rasmussen Reports, 27 July 2009

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/arizona/most_arizona_voters_put_immigration_over_health_care_as_more_important_reform_goal

Rasmussen Poll Shows 66% of Likely Voters Believe it is Important to Reduce Illegal Immigration

Oppose Amnesty Support Tougher Enforcement Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration Opinion Elites vs. Public - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 66% of likely voters believe that the government should improve border enforcement and reduce illegal immigration.  However, only 32% of America's "Political Class" agree.

The poll also shows that 77% of likely voters believe that illegal aliens should not be able to receive driver's licenses and 73% of Americans believe that police officers should automatically check to see if someone is in this country legally when that person is pulled over for a traffic violation. 

Rasmussen Reports, 14 April 2009

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/on_immigration_large_gap_remains_between_mainstream_america_and_political_class

Immigration Ranks 10th in Priorities

Support Tougher Enforcement - Monday, January 19, 2009

In a Washington Post/ABC Poll released just before Barack Obama's inaguration, respondents ranked immigration No. 10 on a list of priorities for the administration. The economy, Iraq War, foreign policy and education were all ranked ahead of immigration. Twenty-one percent said that it was the highest priority, 48 percent said it was high priority, while 29 percent said it was low priority.

Washington Post/ABC Poll - January 19

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/postpoll_011709.html

Transatlantic Trends: Immigration

Protect Jobs and Wages Support Tougher Enforcement - Tuesday, November 18, 2008

When asked about what governments should do to address illegal immigration, 83% of respondents supported stronger border controls, 74% supported cracking down on employers, and 68% supported deportation.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States, 2008

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No Post-election Mandate for Amnesty

Oppose Amnesty - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Only 32% of Obama voters considered his support for amnesty as a factor in their decisions to vote for him. 67% said it was either not a factor at all, or they voted for Obama in spite of his stance on amnesty.

60% of voters said reducing illegal immigration and cracking down on employers who hire them is important to them, while only 21% supported "legalizing or creating a pathway to citizenship" for illegal aliens.

57% of voters stated that amnesty would harm American workers and further strain public resources, while only 26% believe amnesty would aid economic recovery and ease public burdens.

http://www.fairus.org/site/DocServer/zogby_2008_tabresults.pdf.pdf?docID=2262

Rasmussen Poll reveals Americans Angry over Immigration

Oppose Amnesty Support Tougher Enforcement - Friday, November 7, 2008

Twenty-six of respondents are angry over immigration policy in the United States.

Sixty-two percent say gaining control of the borders is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/26_angry_about_immigration_the_issue_candidates_ignore

In the News

US immigration reform nears tipping point

Quoted - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Separately, groups like Numbers USA, which calls for lower levels of immigration, are preparing to step up their campaign urging lawmakers to vote against reform....

Meanwhile, Numbers USA plans to start a new radio campaign as soon as the debate over control has been concluded. This would increase the pressure it is already applying to lawmakers, having sent 2m faxes objecting to legalisation, said Roy Beck, chief executive.

“The difference between now and 2007 is that there weren’t 20m Americans looking for jobs who couldn’t find work then,” Mr Beck said.

By Anna Fifield in the Financial Times

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How to Sell a Policy Dud

Quoted - Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The reduced-immigration activists also are turning to elections, facing their own congressional blockades. "The balance has shifted to educating candidates," said NumbersUSA President Roy Beck. "The leaders in Congress seem to be putting everything on hold until after the next election. It's ridiculous." Beck said he is hoping for a revolt among rank-and-file House Republicans, many of whom sympathize with his point of view, to force a floor vote on the E-Verify bill.

Beck and Sharry might not agree on much, but they converge on the idea that it's time to take their cause to the electorate because they're making very little headway in Congress. "What's the use of policy? There is no policy anymore," said Beck.

By Fawn Johnson -- National Journal

Tea party wants U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to step into contentious immigration debate Republicans want to avoid

Quoted - Sunday, May 29, 2011

Activists are still angry that under Rubio's watch as speaker of the Florida House, a string of anti-illegal immigration bills died.

"A lot of our members are very suspicious because of how he acted in the Legislature," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a leading activist group.

The organization helped scuttle the 2007 reform plan in Congress that former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez took a lead on. It would have created a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants and enjoyed bipartisan support before collapsing under the weight of heated debate.

By Alex Leary, St. Pete (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/us-sen-marco-rubios-ascension-could-ride-on-immigration-stance/1172172

Immigration activists weigh in on State of Union

Quoted - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Anti-illegal immigration activist Roy Beck, who leads NumbersUSA, blasted Obama on his commitment to Americans without jobs.

"Pres. Obama spent most of the speech talking about preventing U.S. jobs from going overseas to be done by foreign workers there, and then incongruously argued for increasing the number of foreign workers to take the scarce jobs we keep in the U.S," he said.

Beck also criticized Obama for failing to push for mandatory E-Verify for all American employers. E-Verify is a free, Internet-based federal program that allows employers to check the eligibility of employees to work in the United States.

By Cindy Carcamo -- Orange County (Calif.) Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/obama-285739-immigration-workers.html

Pressure mounting to legalize immigrants

Reviews - Monday, April 26, 2010

The groups learned the importance of mass action from their defeat in 2007. During that year's immigration fight, they were outflanked by organizations such as NumbersUSA, which lobbies for stricter immigration limits and which prodded its massive e-mail list to flood the Capitol with phone calls and faxes demanding that the bill be defeated.

By Steve Dinan -- Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/26/pressure-mounting-to-legalize-immigrants/

Santa Cruz heritage plan advances, but not before border-control flap

Quoted - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

But that's exactly how Roy Beck, head of a Virginia-based group that seeks to reduce immigration, spun the debate's outcome: as a victory for those favoring sterner border controls. It came on top of the recent health-care-overhaul flap in which the Obama administration was pushed by critics to make it clear that his health-care bill won't give illegal immigrants more benefits.

"We want anyone in power to know that if they bring any kind of bill on any subject to the floor that leaves something about immigration in question, that bill is going to be susceptible to great controversy and to perhaps being blocked," said Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, which organized the push for tougher border language. "As soon as a politician says you don't need that language because it is already covered," that is when you know it is needed, Beck said.

By Tony Davis -- Arizona Daily Star

http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/310800

Immigration raid leaves damaging mark on Postville, Iowa

In the News Quoted - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Since the landmark raid, an economic squeeze has destroyed several businesses. Postville's population has shrunk by nearly half, to about 1,800 residents, and townsfolk say the resulting anxiety -- felt from the deli to the schoolyard -- has been relentless.

"It's like you're in an oven and there's no place to go and there's no timer to get you out," said former Mayor Robert Penrod, who, overwhelmed, resigned earlier this year....

Roy Beck, head of the Washington-based NumbersUSA group that advocates for reducing immigration, argued that Postville invited its problems by relying so heavily on a plant many suspected was violating labor and immigration laws.

"The situation should have never gotten to that point," he said. "If you don't enforce the laws steadily, then when you suddenly enforce them, there is more collateral damage....""

Antonio Olivo, LA Times, 12 May 2009

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-postville-iowa12-2009may12,0,6761812.story

Sen. Jeff Sessions will replace Arlen Specter on judiciary committee

Quoted - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

He's a major proponent of E-Verify, the voluntary government program that allows employers to certify whether prospective workers are legally authorized to work in the United States. During the debate over the federal stimulus bill in February, Sessions led a failed bid to add amendments that would have forced federal contractors receiving stimulus funds to use the E-Verify program.

"Now we have the No. 1 champion for the American workers on immigration issues being the ranking member," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, an immigration-reduction advocacy group.

By James Oliphant -- Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-sessions5-2009may05,0,3065504.story

Some Christians Applaud Obama's Push for Immigration Reform

In the News Quoted - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Some Christian leaders and organizations voiced support for President Obama's indication that he plans to address immigration reform this year, a move that has riled opponents who argue that he should first focus on fixing the economy.

"Christians throughout the United States are energized and encouraged by the courageous steps taken by the Obama administration to prioritize reform of our broken immigration laws," praised Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR) in a statement released on Thursday....

"It just doesn't seem rational that any political leader would say, let's give millions of foreign workers permanent access to U.S. jobs when we have millions of Americans looking for jobs," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that supports reduced immigration, to the New York Times.

Ethan Cole, Christian Post, 10 April 2009

"Some Christian leaders and organizations voiced support for President Obama's indication that he plans to address immigration reform this year, a move that has riled opponents who argue that he should first focus on fixing the economy.

"Christians throughout the United States are energized and encouraged by the courageous steps taken by the Obama administration to prioritize reform of our broken immigration laws," praised Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR) in a statement released on Thursday....

"It just doesn't seem rational that any political leader would say, let's give millions of foreign workers permanent access to U.S. jobs when we have millions of Americans looking for jobs," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that supports reduced immigration, to the New York Times.

"It's going to be, ‘You're letting them keep that job, when I could have that job,'" he said."

Ethan Cole, Christian Post, 10 April 2009

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Obama to Push Immigration Bill as One Priority

Quoted - Thursday, April 9, 2009

Opponents of legalization legislation were incredulous at the idea that Obama would take on immigration when economic pain for Americans is so widespread.

"It just doesn't seem rational that any political leader would say, let's give millions of foreign workers permanent access to U.S. jobs when we have millions of Americans looking for jobs," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration. Beck predicted that Obama would face "an explosion" if he proceeded this year.

By Julia Preston -- New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/us/politics/09immig.html?_r=1&hp

Immigration Still at Play in Obamacare

In the News - Thursday, March 18, 2010

The immigration issue could still muck up Obamacare. And the liberal Congressional Hispanic Caucus might end up supporting bars to illegal aliens from federal health care.

This issue’s fallen relatively silent — compared with attention to the Senate health bill’s loose language on abortion — since Rep. Joe Wilson pointed out illegal alien loopholes in the House Obamacare bill.

By James R. Edwards -- National Review Online

http://healthcare.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OGI0YmQ4NTFjYTlmNzdkMjRmMGUwZjJiMGY3MTU4ODM=

Vitter takes on census, immigrant rights groups

In the News - Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In his push to have the Census Bureau count the number of U.S. citizens, Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, is taking a very parochial approach with his colleagues: Your state could be the one to lose an extra seat in Congress.

Mr. Vitter is holding up one of the 2010 spending bills in the Senate, demanding a vote on his amendment to force the census to add a question about citizenship status to its 2010 questionnaire. He has written letters to the senators from nine states he says would lose seats to states with higher illegal immigrant or noncitizen populations, telling them it's in their interest to support him.

By Stephen Dinan -- Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/27/vitter-takes-on-census-immigrant-groups/

Health Care Debate Revives Immigration Battle

In the News - Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Obama administration took an overhaul of the country’s immigration laws off its legislative agenda this year, but the prickly issue of public benefits for illegal immigrants has resurfaced in the health care debate.

During the summer recess, members of Congress faced persistent questions from constituents worried that health care changes could leave taxpayers footing medical bills for illegal immigrants. President Obama has not been able to extinguish the doubts despite giving repeated assurances that illegal immigrants would be excluded from any subsidized benefits under proposals before Congress.

By Julia Preston -- New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/health/policy/06immighealth.html

Money for Illegal-Immigrant Emergency Care Running Out

In the News - Friday, August 28, 2009

But the question of providing emergency care for those in the country illegally is a tricky one. Currently, illegal immigrants can receive health services at hospital emergency rooms. “Hospitals are required by law to assess and stabilize anybody who walks through the emergency-room door," say Richard Coorsh of the Federation of American Hospitals, referring to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986. Hospitals simply aren't allowed to refuse treatment in emergency situations, regardless of the patient's immigration status. It's part of our social contract, and anything else would be morally unacceptable. Unfortunately for hospitals, though, most illegal immigrants can’t pay for expensive hospital bills (because they don't have health insurance), so the costs associated with their treatment must be written off by hospitals as a loss.

By Katie Connolly - Newsweek

But the question of providing emergency care for those in the country illegally is a tricky one. Currently, illegal immigrants can receive health services at hospital emergency rooms. “Hospitals are required by law to assess and stabilize anybody who walks through the emergency-room door," say Richard Coorsh of the Federation of American Hospitals, referring to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986. Hospitals simply aren't allowed to refuse treatment in emergency situations, regardless of the patient's immigration status. It's part of our social contract, and anything else would be morally unacceptable. Unfortunately for hospitals, though, most illegal immigrants can’t pay for expensive hospital bills (because they don't have health insurance), so the costs associated with their treatment must be written off by hospitals as a loss. Lawmakers recognized this burden on hospitals, physicians, and ambulance services, and passed a provision—known as Section 1011—in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, which allowed some reimbursement for the costs of treating illegal aliens in emergency situations. It provided a sum of $250 million for each year between 2005 and 2008.

By Katie Connolly - Newsweek

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Healthcare reform: Who pays for illegal immigrants' ER visits?

In the News - Friday, August 28, 2009

President Barack Obama says giving illegal immigrants insurance is one of the “outrageous myths” about healthcare reform.

“That’s not true. Illegal immigrants would not be covered,” said the president in his weekly address last Saturday.

But in Harris County, the reality is that illegal immigrants do, in fact, receive millions of dollars in government-subsidized healthcare every year.

By Dave Fehling - KHOU News (Houston)

http://www.khou.com/news/local/politics/stories/khou090827_mp_illegal-immigrants-health-care-refor.121de3a0b.html

Italy: Berlusconi urges US immigration model

In the News - Monday, May 25, 2009

"Italy's conservative prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has sought to deflect criticism of Italy's harsh immigration policies by stressing potential migrants are welcome in his country. In an interview posted to the US television network CNN's website on Monday, he said immigrants who qualified to come to Italy should be allowed to work and create a better life for themselves and their families.

"We welcome those (immigrants) who have the right to come here. This is what the United States and all normal countries do," Berlusconi told CNN.

"We are absolutely open to those who come to our country with the wish to integrate and to work... we keep an open door to all who are eligible to come to work in Italy or request asylum," Berlusconi said."

AKI, 25 May 2009

http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Politics/?id=3.0.3354551966

Apple growers thank Congressional leaders

In the News - Friday, May 22, 2009

"Despite the high unemployment rate, our industry still does not have a reliable workforce and will not until the AgJOBS bill is passed," said Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association.

By Debra J. Groom -- The Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard

http://blog.syracuse.com/farms/2009/05/apple_growers_thank_congressio.html

Senator says health insurance plan won't cover illegal immigrants

In the News - Thursday, May 21, 2009

Health care reforms that aim to insure every American won’t provide insurance for illegal immigrants and may not address the cost to state and local governments for providing medical care to this large group of the uninsured, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mt., said Thursday.

“We’re not going to cover undocumented aliens, undocumented workers,” Baucus said. “That’s too politically explosive.”

By Jim Landers -- Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/0522DNBUShealthcare.25377b8.html

One-Sided Immigration 'Strategy'

In the News - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The May 8 Style article "No Turning Back," on the efforts of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) to change immigration laws, outlined his strategy, which was "designed to project the most sympathetic image possible" of illegal immigrants by arguing that immigration enforcement separates families.

That strategy ignores the impact on families of failing to enforce our immigration laws. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes are in state jails for murder, assault, gang activity and drug charges; more than 15 percent of federal inmates are illegal immigrants. Many of these crimes could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced before the crimes occurred.

By Rep. Lamar Smith -- Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/18/AR2009051802817.html

3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail

In the News - Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail as part of a national effort to identify and deport more illegal immigrants with criminal records.

Law enforcement officials in the three counties will begin running inmates' fingerprints through federal databases this month to see if they have had any contact with the immigration system. Immigration officials will place holds on those believed to be in the country illegally. Once the inmates have finished serving their sentences, they will be transferred to immigration custody for possible deportation...."

Anna Gorman, LA Times, 14 May 2009

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immigjail14-2009may14,0,7781561.story

Congressional Testimony

Roy Beck Congressional Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee -- June 3, 2009

Congressional Testimony - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Roy Beck testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3, 2009 regarding S.424, which would provide green cards to domestic partners.

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