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Memo To Senate: Mandate The Border Fence Be Built Or Kill The Bill

loadstar Wrote: May 02, 2013 2:23 PM
welfare legal for non-citizens? http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2002/02/02immigration-fix The 1996 reforms changed almost every aspect of non-citizen eligibility for welfare benefits. Although the provisions are exceedingly complex, a rough general principle provides useful guidance. With some exceptions, non-citizens entering the United States after August 22, 1996, the date of enactment of the welfare reform legislation, are not eligible for most welfare benefits, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SSI, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), until they have been in the U.S. for at least five years. Keeping this general principle in mind, a more thorough review of the...

The effort to secure the borders and reform immigration law is about to enter a crucial month at the end of which the fate of the bill will almost certainly be known.

The bill as it emerged from the Gang of 8 can probably not pass the Senate and certainly wouldn’t pass the House, nor should it.

But the Gang of 8 draft was only, as Senator Marco Rubio has said repeatedly said, “a starting point.”

A policy and political disaster awaits if a bill emerges from the Senate that cannot generate enough momentum to get even an amended version through...