Illegal Aliens Are Already Americans, Says Biden

“Vice President Joe Biden says Congress has a moral and economic imperative to offer a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Many of them, he says, ‘are already Americans,’ whether they’re here legally or not. He says immigrants simply want a decent life for themselves and their children, just as his great grandparents did,” the AP reports.

Budget Deal Doesn’t Mean Immigration Will Move Easily

“People hoping for a government that works better can’t decide whether to cheer or lament a bipartisan budget bill that legislative leaders call a breakthrough even as they acknowledge it does little. In an era of low expectations, House passage of the bill marks a rare cease-fire that should avoid a repeat of this fall’s government shutdown and flirtation with default,” says Fox News Latino.

“Several Washington insiders warn against assuming the new budget deal will lead to progress on immigration and other stalemated issues.”

Teach for America to Recruit Illegal Aliens

“In selecting its next batch of recruits for the 2014-15 school year, Teach For America will seek out undocumented college graduates who meet the organization’s criteria to become teachers in some of the nation’s most challenged public schools,” Education Week says.

“Teach For America announced yesterday that it woud open up its recruitment efforts to include undocumented candidates who were brought to the United States as children by their parents. To be considered for TFA’s corps, students will have to have ‘deferred action’ status, meaning they’ve sought, and received, temporary work authorization and relief from deportation from federal immigration officials.”

Illegal Aliens A Cost Burden for Hospitals

“[Illegal aliens] are expected to make up a larger share of Connecticut’s uninsured population next year, putting “new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals” that provide emergency care to everyone, state and national health experts predict,” TheDay.com says.

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage options for legal immigrants, but those in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for Medicaid, even if they are poor, or buy coverage at Access Health CT (the new insurance marketplace), even if they have cash. That means undocumented residents without coverage will continue turning to local emergency departments for care at a time when Connecticut hospitals face the loss of millions of dollars in federal and state subsidies to help defray the cost of uncompensated care.”