Morning Action: The Unanswered Immigration Question on Young Illegal Immigrants

BUDGET.  CQ has the latest on appropriations skirmishes between the administration and Congress and between Republicans and Democrats, and among the most contentious is how to deal with the humanitarian issue of young illegal immigrants (sub. req’d):

Here are five disputes that have recently blossomed, each of which has the potential to complicate this year’s budget debate until its closing days.

Young migrants. It took only a few minutes of discussion before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee agreed last week to freeze the combined budgets for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. But the most expensive domestic spending bill would starve several other areas in order to nearly double funding, to $1.9 billion, for medical care for the unaccompanied child migrants who have been surging across the Mexican border in record numbers.

The money will be a proxy war for the stalled debate over an immigration policy overhaul. Democrats will hold fast to the increase, describing it as the only humane way to respond to the needs of thousands of innocent victims of congressional gridlock. Republicans will try to pare it back, arguing the spending will only exacerbate administration immigration policies that are enticing parents to send their kids into the United States alone and illegally.

The other areas of debate are school food, TIGER money, safe trucking, and medical marijuana.

HIGHER ED.  The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke explains why Elizabeth Warren is wrong about big government’s effect on the cost of higher education:

Enter Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) 23%. The Massachusetts Democrat is proposing that the U.S. Department of Education’s Direct Loan Program be expanded to refinance both public and private student loans. The feds would pay off private lenders and issue low-interest government loans to take their place.

It sounds appealing. Yet the policy is problematic for private lenders, students and taxpayers — the ones who foot the bill for all this federal largesse.

Private lenders must already compete with artificially low (i.e., taxpayer-subsidized) interest rates on federal loans. And as Jordan Weissmann noted in Slate: “Since pre-payments equal a loss to the [private] lender, Washington would essentially be seizing their profits.”

ANTI-CONSCIENCE MANDATE.  The Heritage Foundation’s Elizabeth Slattery has the latest on Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate, explaining a U.S. Court of Appeals says being complicit in sin isn’t a sin:

Last week, in Michigan Catholic Conference v. Burwell, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the appeal of Catholic nonprofit groups in their challenge to the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. The court got it wrong by second-guessing the religious beliefs of these groups.

Formal houses of worship and their integrated auxiliaries (e.g., church-run soup kitchens) are exempt from this mandate—which requires employers to pay for employee health insurance coverage that includes contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs—and other nonprofit religious employers are eligible for an “accommodation.” Under the accommodation, employers must self-certify to a third-party administrator that they have a religious objection to providing or paying for certain drugs and devices, and this initiates the process of the third-party administrator providing the mandated coverage to their employees.

MEDICAID.  Virginia lawmakers have blocked the Medicaid expansion in their state for now, though the governor vows the fight is far from over:

After months of grueling debate and discord over expanding Medicaid in Virginia, Republicans got their way.

The GOP-led House and Senate approved a budget that not only lacks funding to expand Medicaid but also requires General Assembly approval in the future—an attempt to block Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe from implementing the Affordable Care Act component through an executive order.

McAuliffe, who must sign any budget for it to take effect, vows he isn’t giving up, saying he will “take the actions [he deems] necessary, but this fight is far from over.”


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8 thoughts on “Morning Action: The Unanswered Immigration Question on Young Illegal Immigrants

  1. The Border Patrol and Homeland Security ought to be returning the illegals to their home countries IMMEDIATELY. Or this will become much more complicated and go on for many months, and perhaps years.

    The Central American immigrants were healthy enough to come this far, and the American taxpayer should not have to pay for the health care, room and board, and other expenses involved.

    No need to “process” the immigrants. That is bureaucratic thinking and will create confusion, while turning Border Patrol, ICE and Homeland Security staff into clerks and “paper pushers.” I know from experience that what will often be “processed” will be a batch of lies, anyway.

    The administration is derelict beyond belief for its failure to enforce immigration law.

    • Border control cant do anything. The obama administration has their hands tied and not letting them deport them.

    • I think if it were up to Obama, we would be part of Mexico. Maybe make it the United States of Mexico. Why do we continue to pay our politicians. We are losing this country and making it very unsafe.

  2. Talk, Bitch, rag, pass the buck, take hold of your
    responsibilities and Get rid of the people who did not vet the man seated as
    president, then the new batch will impeach him or be replaced themselves. It is
    each and everyone of ourselves that are responsible for the actions of those
    who represent us, if they are not qualified for the seat, do something they are
    not empowered to do, or do not do something they are required to do then each
    and everyone of us is responsible to make them answer for the action or
    inaction, go to “” “call to action page” and DO YOUR DUTY, remove
    them from office through Quo Warranto!!!!

  3. Send the kids back to the Mexican authority’s and let them find the parents. Then get rid of all the politicians that are backing immigration reform encouraging immigrants to do this when they should not even be contemplating this. What part of illegal don’t they (any of them) understand. We the taxpayers are paying the wages of Border agents…..unable to do their jobs, politicians……that won’t do their jobs, and for kids whose own parents and country won’t care for them. Yet the government keeps going after us for more money. This has just got to stop.

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