FAIR Legislative Updates For The Week Of September 28, 2009


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Immigration Amendments to Senate Finance Committee Health Bill Could See Action this Week

Last week, FAIR’s Legislative Update provided details about the health care reform bill released by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee. (FAIR’s Legislative Update, September 21, 2009). We noted that the “chairman’s mark” was conceptual in nature and did not contain enough detail to understand how the eligibility verification provisions to ensure illegal aliens do not receive health care benefits would actually work. The Congressional Budget Office this week issued a letter to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) confirming our analysis.

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Congress Set to Pass Short-Term Funding Resolution, Including 31-day E-Verify Extension

Last Thursday, the House and Senate conferees for the Fiscal Year 2010 Legislative Branch appropriations bill agreed to the conference report for the $4.65 billion bill. Spending for the current Fiscal Year was set to expire on September 30, 2009, but the conference report also includes a 31-day extension — or “continuing resolution” (CR) of all federal spending programs to avoid a government shutdown.

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Rep. Gutierrez to Introduce Amnesty Bill

On Thursday, September 17, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced that he will “outline the fundamental principles of” an amnesty bill by October 13 and introduce actual legislation “shortly thereafter.” Gutierrez announced his intent to push amnesty legislation at a rally attended by special interest, open border advocacy groups, and noted that his bill will include “a pathway to legalization for those who have earned it.”

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True Immigration Reformers Score Victory in House

On Wednesday, September 23, true immigration reformers scored a victory regarding border security in the U.S. House of Representatives. The victory came during debate over H.R. 324, the “Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Act.” (H.R. 324).

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IRS to Send Tax Refunds to Deported Aliens; School District Asks Students for Proof of Residency

Two reports last week dealing with benefits for illegal aliens highlighted just how out of touch the federal government has become in the immigration debate. On the federal level, “[a] partnership between a Pennsylvania accounting firm and a Mexican human rights group [is aiming] to seek out Mexicans recently deported from the United States and offer to help them file for thousands of dollars in tax refunds.” On the local level, however, a school district superintendent in a Texas border town is asking students to prove that they are residents of the school district before they can attend school.

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