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Immigration Reform Snag: Democrats Want Illegals To Have Access To Government Sponsored Healthcare

Posted on the 05 June 2013 by Susanduclos @SusanDuclos
By Susan Duclos
Immigration Reform Snag: Democrats Want Illegals To Have Access To Government Sponsored Healthcare Last week the so-called "gang of 8" couldn't come to an agreement on back taxing illegal immigrants with one opinion stating that more than half of illegals paid taxes using stolen Social Security documents without mention from any of the "gang of 8" of punishment for identity theft and fraud, which according to the Department of Justice website, is a crime.
This week's snag is Democrats insistence that illegals have access to government funded healthcare before concluding their 15-year pathway to citizenship.
Bipartisan meetings in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive immigration reform bill have failed, and the congressmen will meet for the last time today without reaching an agreement on a House bill, ABC News has learned.
The stumbling block is GOP insistence that newly legalized workers now working in the shadows have no access to government-sponsored health care during their 15-year pathway to citizenship, according to two sources with access to the secret house “Gang of 8″ meetings.
Democrats say that since these newly legalized immigrants would be paying taxes they should be eligible for benefits.
The stalemate is not expected to be solved and any immigration legislation from the House would likely proceed in piecemeal fashion.
This latest development represents a huge blow to immigration reform advocates because the House is likely to pass several smaller bills that address immigration reform, but would not include a pathway to citizenship. It creates a much longer and arduous legislative road to a bill President Obama would be willing to sign.
What exactly is so difficult for Democrats to understand about no government sponsored, therefore American taxpayer funded, healthcare for people that committed a crime by coming or staying in the U.S. illegally?
It is very possible the Senate version of immigration reform will go down in flames and the House will pass common sense measures to address illegal immigration, without offering amnesty to criminals.

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