Today, the Senate Finance Committee will be considering more immigration related amendments to the current health care reform bill. Yesterday, at least two anti-immigrant amendments, one from Sen. Kyl and another from Sen. Grassley, were defeated by votes of 10 – 13.
For a great write-up of who is sponsoring these amendments and what each entails, check out Andrea Nill’s post over at the Wonk Room. Here’s her quick take on the happenings yesterday:
The Senate Finance Committee had good reason to vote down Kyl C15 and keep the DHS, IRS, and SSA operating independently of one another. Tax collection and immigration enforcement efforts are conducted separately “in order to make sure that everyone who earns income within our borders pays the proper amount of taxes,” regardless of their immigration status. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) called Grassley C8 “a solution looking for a problem” before it was defeated this afternoon. The same could be said for most of the amendments proposed to further limit the few benefits that legal immigrants in the US might be able to receive.
We have to keep pressure on these legislators to let them know that we are watching and we won’t let them throw immigrants under the bus during health care reform. Click here to call members of the committee and ask them to ensure that immigrants have adequate access to health care.