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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Obamacare and immigrants, #NotYourAsianSidekick creator, global remittances, more

In general, immigrants who are lawfully present can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But those who are in the U.S. illegally are ineligible.
In general, immigrants who are lawfully present can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But those who are in the U.S. illegally are ineligible. iStockphoto

Immigration's next hurdle: Obamacare - Politico From the story: Fallout from the problematic rollout of the Affordable Care Act is "forcing the White House and its allies to confront a basic, but politically potent, criticism. If the government can’t build a website, how can it be trusted to correctly process millions of undocumented immigrants and require every employer to verify the status of their workers?"

Obamacare FAQ: Do immigrants qualify? - KQED From the story: "...if you are 'lawfully present'...you are eligible for the benefits — and responsibilities — of the Affordable Care Act. This means you may qualify for subsidies to purchase insurance, but it also means you may have to pay a penalty if you do not carry health insurance." But those who are in the U.S. illegally are ineligible.

Obamacare Bars Illegal Immigrants—and Sticks Hospitals With the Bill - The Atlantic Unauthorized immigrants are barred from the Affordable Care Act, meaning many will have to continue resorting to hospital emergency care. At the same time, "the law also trims $22 billion from Medicaid charity-care reimbursements. Those cuts were approved with the reasoning that when most Americans were required to have insurance, hospitals would be stuck footing fewer bills for the uninsured." But much depends on the hospital and the community it serves.

Suey Park: Asian American women are #NotYourAsianSidekick - Washington Post On Suey Park, the 23-year-old freelance writer and organizer behind #NotYourAsianSidekick, which "quickly became a trending topic on Twitter Monday with thousands of Asian American women and others from around the world adding their 140 characters to the conversation on Asian American feminism."

Global immigrants send $500 billion back home - Bloomberg According to a new Pew Research report, "international migrants are sending more than $500 billion back to family members each year, almost triple the figure since 2000, providing a major economic boost to less-affluent nations."

Archbishop Gomez stresses immigration during posada - Los Angeles Times During a traditional holiday posadas celebration Tuesday night, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez "drew a direct comparison between people who are here illegally and are seeking citizenship and the posada's theme — Mary and Joseph being turned away as they sought a night of rest before Jesus' birth."

New Mexico's Martinez targets driver's licenses for illegal immigrants - Washington Post Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is again planning to push for the repeal of a state law that allows unauthorized immigrants in New Mexico to obtain driver's licenses. Previous attempts to do so have failed.

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