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Some lawmakers debating the Senate immigration bill have filed amendments seeking to ensure that unauthorized immigrants who apply for legal status don't obtain publicly funded health care. They are currently ineligible to participate in the so-called "Obamacare" health reform plan.

A volatile mix: Health care and immigration reform - Politico The idea of people who are in the country illegally obtaining public health care is "such a nonstarter politically...politicians don’t even question whether it’s smart policy to have millions of people remain uninsured for another decade or more, even if Congress does approve a pathway to their legalization."

Debate over amnesty looms over efforts to reform immigration laws - Los Angeles Times Illegal immigration continued and grew following the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, which allowed many unauthorized immigrants to legalize their status while promising to curb future migration. According to post-IRCA studies, in the latter sense, "1986 was an utter failure."

Rust Belt reaches for immigrant tide - Wall Street Journal From the story: "Cities, mostly in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic states, are betting that attracting foreign-born residents can spur business creation and revive neighborhoods. Steps vary from proclamations welcoming immigrants, to adding staff focused on attracting newcomers...to efforts to connect international students with local companies."

How parents' immigration status shapes the lives of their US-born children - Southern California Public Radio There are stark gaps in childhood poverty rates between the children of parents who are in the U.S. illegally and those who aren't, and the differences don't stop there. Many U.S. citizen children of parents without legal status continue to face economic and other hurdles well into adulthood. 

White House official Cecilia Muñoz re-emerges as face of immigration reform push - Fox News Latino The former National Council of La Raza vice president has become the public face of the White House's immigration reform effort; she came under fire from Latinos and others a couple of years ago after defending the Obama administration's immigration enforcement policies. 

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