Immigration and the House health care reform bill

By Father Tom Joyce, CMF| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Last Saturday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive health care insurance bill. Controversy over abortion was highlighted in the press with its narrow passage, especially the clout exercised by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. But the bishops had another agenda item in regard to the bill -- extension of benefits to all immigrants. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus successfully pressured Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with help of the USCC, to protect most rights of immigrants.