CONGRESS MOVES TO GRANT LAST-MINUTE IMMIGRANT AMNESTY AMENDMENTS
Walter F. Roche Jr.
The Baltimore Sun
September 27, 2002
Acting at the last minute and without public notice, Congress is moving
to give special exemptions to a small group of foreign investors who
sought to gain permanent U.S. residency by participating in financial
partnerships labeled "questionable" by a federal agency.
The exemptions were included this week in amendments to a Justice
Department spending bill. The amendments were passed Wednesday by a
conference committee; and the House, in a 400-4 vote, approved the full
bill yesterday. The compromise legislation goes to the Senate.
MIGRANT CARE COST EL PASO (TX) $30 MILLION
Diana Washington Valdez and Sergio Bustos
El Paso Times
Undocumented immigrants in El Paso rang up more than $30 million in
unpaid medical bills in 2000 -- the second-highest amount for a border
county, after San Diego -- according to a study being released today.
Under federal law, hospital emergency centers cannot ask for a patient's
immigration status, and they cannot refuse treatment to someone who
might be in the country illegally.