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Republicans should back a single-payer health-care system

By Jack Bernard Sunday, June 23, 2013 The Augusta Chronicle My party, the Republican Party, has staked out amazingly naïve positions on two of the key domestic issues facing us: immigration and health reform. These issues are intertwined. Health Affairs, one of the most influential professional health care journals, has published a new Medicare study, […]

US immigration bill passes Senate panel

21 May 2013 Last updated at 21:32 ET BBC A sweeping immigration bill that would offer a chance of citizenship to millions living in the US illegally has taken a stride forward in Congress. A Senate panel voted 13-5 to back the measure, after a plan to allow people to sponsor same-sex partners for permanent […]

The Migrant Cash Lifeline

By MARIE ARANA Published: May 15, 2013 NYTimes Every month, Tanita Alfaro, a diminutive night-shift office cleaner in Rockville, Md., puts aside $150 to send to her parents in an impoverished village near the Salvadoran city of San Miguel. Her husband walked 1,700 miles from their war-torn land to the United States-Mexico border 25 years […]

You Still Can’t Wish Away the Facts on Immigration Amnesty

by David Frum May 13, 2013 1:19 PM EDT The Daily Beast From my CNN column: why those rushing to bash the Heritage Foundation study keep forgetting that math is math: A decade ago, Britain’s Labor government was badly divided over whether to join the Euro. The prime minister strongly supported the idea, as did […]

Heritage Foundation study says immigration reform would be costly

By Lisa Mascaro May 6, 2013, 5:12 p.m. LA Times WASHINGTON — A conservative think tank said Monday that immigration reform would be costly to taxpayers — the latest in a growing, but contradictory, body of research on the costs and benefits of providing a path to citizenship for those living in this country without […]

Beyond the Fence

By DAVID BROOKS Published: May 6, 2013 NYTimes The opponents of immigration reform have many small complaints, but they really have one core concern. It’s about control. America doesn’t control its borders. Past reform efforts have not established control. Current proposals wouldn’t establish effective control. But the opponents rarely say what exactly it is they […]

Four Additional Hurdles for Immigration Reform

By Alex AltmanMay 06, 2013 Time Back when the Senate’s Gang of Eight was haggling over the details of its immigration-reform bill, TIME dug into four major hurdles the bill would have to clear. But now the dynamics have changed. The gang has published its proposal, and the details are now being debated in public. […]

Failure of Gun Bill Casts Shadow on Immigration Reform

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published: May 1, 2013 NYTimes WASHINGTON — As a gun safety bill dissolved on the Senate floor last month, a group of eight senators — some who had supported the failed measure — had already moved on to a policy battle they found more promising: reinventing the nation’s troubled immigration system. But […]

Border Patrol struggles to measure what it can’t see

By Richard Marosi and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times April 29, 2013, 7:19 p.m. SAN DIEGO — Kathy Gomez estimates that U.S. Border Patrol agents catch 75% of the migrants who try to run through the strawberry fields at her farm near the border with Tijuana. Farther east, Miguel Diaz thinks the number hits 90% […]

Immigration Bill Would Aid Security, Napolitano Says

By ASHLEY PARKER Published: April 23, 2013  NYTimes WASHINGTON — Legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws would further strengthen the country’s security system to guard against cases like the Boston Marathon bombings, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in the last of three hearings on a bipartisan immigration proposal. The shadow of the Boston bombings […]