The Hill: Study: Immigrants have lower health-care costs than people born in US

A new study finds that immigrants have lower health-care costs than people born in the United States, meaning they are likely helping support public health insurance programs like Medicare.

The report from researchers at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University examined all peer-reviewed studies since 2000 on immigrants’ health-care costs in the United States. It found that immigrants’ health-care expenditures were one-half to two-thirds those of people born in the U.S.

“Overall, immigrants almost certainly paid more toward medical expenses than they withdrew, providing a low-risk pool that subsidized the public and private health insurance markets,” the study states.

It comes as the Trump administration is reportedly considering new rules that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens if they have used health-care programs like ObamaCare insurance or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The researchers found that immigrants make up 12 percent of the population but only account for 8.6 percent of total U.S. health-care spending.

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KQED: In Wildfire-Hit Redding, Latino Family Offers Free Food — in Face of Racial Tensions

Elsa Ceja’s parents came from Mexico and opened La Cabaña restaurant in the city of Redding 22 years ago.

When the fires broke out last week, Elsa and her whole family were in Mexico on vacation. They landed in Sacramento last Saturday, July 28, when the blaze was at its height. Flames were consuming parts of the city.

“Everyone was scared,” Elsa says. “And I’m like no, we gotta go back. We gotta see what’s going on. We have to go home and see and help. We can’t just take off. We have to be there for our community. They’ve been there for us so many years. It’s time for us to be there.”

Elsa and her family rushed home. They posted on Facebook that they would give free food to first responders and firefighters, and 20 percent discounts to evacuees. They started distributing breakfast burritos at a nearby evacuation center.

For more help, Elsa called her sister, Alma Fragoso, in Sacramento, about 2½ hours away. Alma contacted her local priest to get donations — water, clothes, hygiene products and toys. They piled it all into a truck and drove it up to Redding.

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NPR: Trump Says ‘No Problem’ With Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding

President Trump again threatened a government shutdown unless Congress funds his border wall. At a joint news conference at the White House Monday, along with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the president said “If we don’t get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States I would have no problem doing a shutdown.”

Trump renewed his demand for border wall funding as well as changes to U.S. immigration law in a tweet Sunday, saying “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security.” Republicans, who hold majorities in both the House and Senate, have not been able to pass the immigration changes the president wants. And GOP leaders in Congress are reluctant to see a government shutdown this fall, just weeks ahead of the midterm elections.

Trump said he had no “red line” in so far as the amount he wants Congress to approve, and that he will “always leave room for negotiation.”

Trump also said he would be willing to meet with Iran’s leaders “anytime they want, no preconditions.” But he warned that Iran must “never be allowed” to possess nuclear weapons.

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Forbes: From Gun Control To Migration, Harry Styles’ $1.2 Million Donation Makes Statement On U.S. Society

In a world where authenticity is a prized asset, celebrities often find a challenge to provide it as they are directed towards supporting uncontroversial global charities. Harry Styles has bucked the trend however by announcing his support of a series of local organizations and, in the midst of that cohort of charities, making some deep statements about his views on American society. By engaging with gun control, workplace harassment and migration issues, he is quietly setting a stall out on 2018’s major issues of U.S. society and politics.

At first glance you think that if you are looking to spend $1.2 million on making a difference in the world, the last thing you want to do is to spread it across tens of partners, geographies and causes. Everyone already worries that celebrities are over-managed in their philanthropy, that they give to ‘safe’ brand-name organizations that they know will manage their media well rather than anyone they actually care about. They tend to have one international charity, one kids’ charity and one cancer charity, see them each once a year and be done with it.

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New York Times: Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention

Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case.

Lights out by 9 p.m. and lights on at dawn, after which make your bed according to the step-by-step instructions posted on the wall. Wash and mop the bathroom, scrubbing the sinks and toilets. Then it is time to form a line for the walk to breakfast.

“You had to get in line for everything,” recalled Leticia, a girl from Guatemala.

Small, slight and with long black hair, Leticia was separated from her mother after they illegally crossed the border in late May. She was sent to a shelter in South Texas — one of more than 100 government-contracted detention facilities for migrant children around the country that are a rough blend of boarding school, day care center and medium security lockup. They are reserved for the likes of Leticia, 12, and her brother, Walter, 10.

The facility’s list of no-no’s also included this: Do not touch another child, even if that child is your hermanito or hermanita — your little brother or sister.

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ProPublica: I’ve Been Reporting on MS-13 for a Year. Here Are the 5 Things Trump Gets Most Wrong.

I’m spending the year reporting on MS-13 members and their associates. I’ve been combing through their text messages. I’m talking with the detectives building cases against killers not yet old enough to buy cigarettes. And I’ve been spending long evenings with the gang’s victims, who often start crying as soon as they start talking about the violence that has marred their lives. Everyone agrees the gang is bloodthirsty. Most of the other assertions I’ve heard from the Trump administration this year about MS-13 have almost no connection to what I’m seeing on the ground.

1. MS-13 Is Not Organizing to Foil Immigration Law

Trump often talks about how MS-13 has carried out a string of murders in the suburbs outside New York City. One of the first things I did when I started reporting was talk to the ex-girlfriend of the gang leader charged with ordering six of those killings in 2016 and 2017. The girl sat at a Panera Bread in a Long Island strip mall and told how he had kidnapped and raped her shortly after her 15th birthday, threatened her family, and forced her to get a tattoo of his name on her arm. As I talked to her, I imagined a man like the ones I had seen in news reports on MS-13 — chins jutted out, arms strong from lifting weights, and gothic tattoos of the letters M and S on their faces and chests. I was shocked when I eventually saw this gang leader in court; he was a baby-faced 19-year-old who blushed when girls waved to him from the gallery. The indictment against him laid out killings that were ordered in response to adolescent trash talking.

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NPR: U.S. Army Discharges Immigrant Soldiers Seeking Citizenship

For decades, immigrants have served in the U.S. military. Under President George W. Bush, an immigrant recruitment program was created to allow the military to enlist people with specialized skills. Over 10,000 have served because of that program, which was ended by President Trump. Enlisting guaranteed a path to citizenship for these immigrants. But this week, the U.S. Army discharged some immigrant recruits and reservists, citing unfavorable security screenings. Margaret Stock is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army and is now an immigration lawyer. I asked her exactly who is being targeted.

MARGARET STOCK: Some of them are reservists who enlisted more than two years ago. So they have a military ID card. In many cases, they have uniforms. They have been going to their unit training assemblies. They’ve been getting paid. They’ve got life insurance and healthcare. And then the other group of people are what we call active-duty future soldiers. And so after waiting for several years to ship out to training, these active-duty soldiers are also being told that they are no longer welcome in the military. And many of them have been going to active-duty future soldier training for several years. They’ve been…

CHANG: Wow.

STOCK: …Excitedly anticipating going to their training and starting their careers in the military. Some of them signed up for five or six-year active-duty enlistments.

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Politico: ‘That’s Not the Kirstjen We Know’

Last Wednesday, just before President Donald Trump put his jagged signature onto an executive order to stop separating migrant children from their parents at U.S. borders, he glanced over his right shoulder to look at Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “Great job,” Trump said quietly.

Longtime associates of Nielsen’s say that was praise the 46-year-old DHS chief had wanted to hear. But her path to receiving it was baffling. Nielsen had, some associates say, pushed Trump and others in the White House to create the executive order, even though just days before Trump signed it, Nielsen herself publicly insisted it could not be created—that only Congress and the courts could undo what the Trump administration had been doing for weeks. Nielsen defended her stance in a series of truth-twisting tweets and then at a tense White House news conference in which she belittled reporters and contradicted other administration officials—including Attorney General Jeff Sessions—about the purpose of the child-separation policy.

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Bloomberg: Trump’s Cruelty Is Actually Good News for Criminals

President Donald Trump’s immigration policy is soft on criminals and big on wasteful spending.

Critics have assailed the administration’s cruelty for separating babies from mothers and children from families as they seek asylum across the Mexican border, and the president has been forced to back down at least temporarily.

Yet he still thinks he can make political hay out of this misguided policy by stressing how tough he is. “I like the issue for our election” he told a Republican rally in Nevada over the weekend. “Our issue is strong borders.” Democrats, he said, favor “open borders” and want to “let MS-13 all over the country.” MS-13 is a violent gang with Central American roots. An article this week by ProPublica showed that while MS-13 is extremely violent, its U.S. presence is small compared to other menacing gangs and has almost no connection to the border-crossing issue.

Democrats should reject Trump’s false narrative and point out that his policy not only has been inhumane and ineffective, but is likely to be a bonanza for gangs and drug dealers. That’s because a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry doesn’t prioritize going after the bad guys.

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