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Immigrants who must prove their identity and legal status still face complications when enrolling for health insurance under Obamacare.
Immigrants who must prove their identity and legal status still face complications when enrolling for health insurance under Obamacare.

Immigrants still face health care enrollment snags - USA Today Enrolling for health insurance under Obamacare is still proving to be a hassle for some immigrants, who must jump extra hoops to prove their identity and legal status. From the story: "Immigrants and others trying to prove their citizenship and identities to enroll in health insurance still face some of the problems they had during the last open enrollment, according to those helping them sign up." This is complicated by the need to use a longer form and, for some, the lack of a long credit history.

Should the US census count Arab Americans differently? - Southern California Public Radio The U.S. Census Bureau is considering a new classification for Arab Americans, who so far have typically identified as "white" on census forms by default. While efforts to better count this population go back years, it's become a rallying point for some younger Arab Americans who matured politically in the post-9/11 era as peers faced discrimination. Said one young activist: “In a post-9/11 world, a lot of people felt they’re not treated as white."

Pope: 'Inhuman' Conditions for Migrants on US-Mexico Border - ABC News In a letter to a priest in Nogales, Arizona, Roman Catholic Pope Francis "praised migrant initiatives in cities like Nogales 'which live daily with the phenomenon of immigration, and the ensuing inhuman situations of all type that it creates.'" His letter was recently made public on the website of an organization called the Kino Border Initiative, which the Pope wrote in support of.

L.A. city, county officials cracking down on immigration scams - Los Angeles Times A San Fernando Valley man has been charged with practicing law without a license and other offenses, after giving legal advice to undercover investigators posing as immigrants. The arrest is part of a Los Angeles city and county crackdown on immigration fraud, in anticipation of the rollout of an Obama administration plan that could allow temporary legal status to millions.

Effects of Ancient Custom Present New Challenge to U.S. Doctors - New York Times A preliminary report bring released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites a rise in the number of women who have experienced genital cutting, or "F.G.M./C" for female genital mutilation. It's attributed to more women arriving from countries where the practice is common. From the story: "As the number of African immigrants in the United States has grown, so has the number of women living in this country who have undergone genital cutting."

Out Of The Shadows, TV Star Shines A Light On Immigration - NPR An interview with actress Diane Guerrero, who appears in Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. The U.S.-born Guerrero is the daughter of immigrants from Colombia who were deported when she was 14. From the interview: "She remembers coming home from school to find her dad's car in the driveway and dinner on the stove, but the house empty. 'At first, I did break down and cry,' she says. She went to visit her parents in jail, and they gave her the option to travel to Colombia with them. Guerrero felt that she had to stay here in the U.S."