Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Sen. Clinton Advocating U.S. Federal Government Do More for Illegals

Salt Lake Tribune - Nation and World:


In fleshing out her claim that Washington is doing too little for Latinos, the senator spoke in favor of several bills now pending before Congress, some of which have been endorsed by La Raza. "

One would help children of illegal immigrants go to college by encouraging states to let those children pay in-state tuition rates where they live. Currently, about 65,000 undocumented children graduate from high school each year and are ineligible for any sort of tuition assistance.

Another bill would permit individual states to lift the federally mandated five-year ban on legal immigrants' receiving any form of government-funded health care. Under this proposal, exemptions would be allowed for pregnant women and young children.
Clinton also called on the federal government to do more to reimburse hospitals that provide free health care to immigrants.


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