We saw firsthand last week that the introduction of S.744 is just the beginning of the immigration reform debate. In this week’s Top Picks, I would especially like to lift up Wendy Feliz’s piece on the Boston attacks and Immigration.
- Esther Yu-His Lee of ThinkProgress, in her piece “Hundreds of Immigrants are Being Deported for Their Hospital Beds” decries the practice of medical repatriation, where hospitals facilitate the deportation of immigrants to avoid long-term care costs.
- Wendy Feliz of Immigration Impact, in her post “Letting Tragedy Guide, Not Derail Policy-Making,” argues that Boston should be seen as a call to action for immigration reform, noting that reform will improve national security.
- In her piece on Gaby Pacheco’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Van Le of America’s Voice reprints her full testimony.
- David Gibson, writing for Sojourners in his commentary “Catholic Bishops: Don’t Let Boston Derail Immigration Reform,” reports on the strong message from the U.S Council of Catholic Bishops not to let the Boston attacks hinder the progress of immigration reform.
- The Immigration Policy Center’s Sonal Ambegaokar, in her post “Does the Senate Proposal’s Exclusion of Immigrants from Health Care Serve the Common Good?,” argues that excluding the undocumented from health services will cost America more than including them would.
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