President Obama: Legalize illegal’s to allow them health care

September 22, 2009                                                                                        Win a green card Subscribe in a reader
USA President Obama

President Obama said this week that his health care plan won’t cover illegal immigrants, but argued that’s all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.

President Obama also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.

“Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don’t simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken,” President Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. “That’s why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.”

President Obama added, “If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all.”

Republicans see a backdoor move toward “amnesty”

Republicans said that amounts to an amnesty, calling it a backdoor effort to make sure current illegal immigrants get health care.

Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas

“It is ironic that the president told the American people that illegal immigrants should not be covered by the health care bill, but now just days later he’s talking about letting them in the back door,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

“If the American people do not want to provide government health care for illegal immigrants, why would they support giving them citizenship, the highest honor America can bestow?” Rep. Lamar Smith said.


A signal that President Obama is committed to providing health care to anyone in the US legally

But immigrant rights groups see the speech as a signal that President Obama is committed to providing health care coverage for anyone in the United States legally, regardless of their citizenship status.

“It’s the first time I’ve certainly heard, publicly, him talking more about legal immigrants,” said Eric Rodriguez, vice president for research and advocacy at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). “I think that was certainly positive progress. We were absolutely concerned about not hearing that.”

Related Articles

Healthcare reform could be blocked by Illegal immigrant debate.

Enter the Green Card Lottery. 55,000 Green Cards Must Go Each Year. Let us help you reach your dream of becoming an American resident today!

Actual green card
DV2014 diversity visa lottery


Return to USA Diversity Lottery’s immigration news page to read more immigration news.






Green Card Test

USA Diversity Green Card Test

Take the free test to see if you qualify. If you do, apply for the USA Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery here on the Official USA Diversity Lottery site and your dreams may soon come true. 55,000 diversity immigrant visas (Green Cards) available in the lottery every year. Take the free test NOW!



Immigration News

September 22, 2009

President Obama: Legalize illegal’s to allow them health care

September 2, 2009

Green card applications plunge, down 80 percent

September 1, 2009

Microsoft Layoffs Adds More Fuel to H-1B Visa Fire

August 18, 2009

Healthcare reform could be blocked by Illegal immigrant debate

August 17, 2009

Bring Cash and we will give you a Green Card

August 11, 2009

President Obama: No immigration reform until 2010

August 7, 2009

US Worker Green Card Petitions Down Sharply

August 5, 2009

The Pass ID Act promises to return the nation to pre-Sept. 11 dangers.

August 3, 2009

President Obama’s Aunt Resurfaces in Public Housing

July 31, 2009

Gates criticizes U.S. immigration policies

July 27, 2009

U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service

July 22, 2009

No one wants to solve Illegal immigration

July 21, 2009

U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service

July 14, 2009

Democrats play word games on immigration

July 6, 2009

White House: scale back immigration expectations

July 5, 2009

McCain to President Obama: Do not bow to labor unions on immigration

June 23, 2009

Obama administration gut immigration enforcement

June 19, 2009

Obtain a three year residence permit under the Danish Green Card scheme

June 15, 2009

US H-1B Visas still available due to the economic downturn

May 29, 2009

EUís version of the US Green Card system in the offing

March 18, 2009

Join the army and become a US citizen in 6 months

March 1, 2009

Obtain a U.S. Green Card without any form of sponsorship