On December 9, 2011, the House passed legislation that pays for the payroll tax cut to middle-class households by denying a child tax credit to immigrant families. Immigrant families, in many cases households with U.S. citizen children, are among the many taxpayers who do not have Social Security Numbers and pay their taxes through the
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More than 5,000 children of immigrants are languishing in state foster care nationwide because their parents were living in the United States illegally and were detained or deported by federal immigration authorities. These children can spend years in foster homes, and some are put up for adoption after termination of their parents’ custody rights.With neither
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Late last week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved legislation which aims to overhaul the national educational plan, “No Child Left Behind.” According to the bill’s authors, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2011 would revamp the U.S. educational system by putting a greater emphasis on state and local leadership and moving away from a strict national model.
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Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote a revised version of the Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010 (Help HAITI Act), bipartisan legislation that would provide permanency to over 1,000 Haitian orphans who were evacuated to the United States after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and placed with American families.
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