Monday, March 22, 2010

Health care, immigration reform and a day of protest

The passing of the near-universal health care bill is historic unfortunately it does not protect undocumented persons. We are expecting a lot from our current president I hope he has not given all to health care...I hope he has something left to fight immigration reform. -Courtney

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people, perhaps more than 100,000 will march on Washington, D.C. for immigration reform.With them will be 120 busloads and 40 vans full of people from Illinois, an estimated 8,000 people traveling to the nation's capitol to tell President Obama and Congress that we need to pass immigration reform.One of the major organizers of the local effort is the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

U.S. Rep. Luis GutierrezThey are trying to steer the national spotlight to immigration reform when it has been on health care reform. But there has been some back room dealing linking health care and immigration reform.Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez and others in the Hispanic caucus had said they would not support health care reform due to restrictions on immigrants.But on Thursday Gutierrez reversed his position and released the following statement."I told President Obama I would not sacrifice either goal. After extensive discussions with the President, I believe we have a health care bill I can vote 'yes' for, and I believe we have a commitment to move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform package as soon as possible," Gutierrez said.
It looks like Gutierrez wouldn't agree to support health care until he got some kind of commitment on immigration reform from President Obama. Hispanic members of Congress were upset the health care bill would bar undocumented immigrants from using their own money to buy coverage from the proposed health care exchanges.

1 comment:

Tanya said...

That was an interesting article, thanks for sharing Courtney. I hope that Rep. Gutierrez is able to make some headway towards immigration reform. However, with all the focus on health care, I wonder if the congressional focus can be changed.